Standards

Rhode Island Certified Organic

Rhode Island Certified Organic

Governing Organization

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

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Auditing / Certification Body

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

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Assessment Type

Third party assessed by verified bodies

Memberships

Government Affiliated

Sectors Covered

Food, Beverage and Agriculture

Issues Covered

Environmental Management, Organic, Waste and Chemicals Management, Water Related

Description

The Plant Industry Section of the Division of Agriculture and Resource Marketing administers the Rhode Island Organic Certification Program, by which qualified farms and handlers in the state are certified as producing and handling/processing products organically. Beginning in 1990, crops were certified by standards developed by the Rhode Island Organic Certification Committee. Since the USDA AMS National Organic Program (NOP) went into effect in October 2002, the DEM has been an accredited state certification agency certifying according to the NOP Standards. Federal law requires that any raw or processed agricultural product sold, labeled or represented as "100% organic," "organic," or "made with organic" in the US must be produced and handled in accordance with the NOP Standards. Any producer or handler (processor) with gross income from sales of organic agricultural products over $5,000.00 annually is required to be certified by a USDA-accredited certifier. Operations exempt from certification are also required to comply with the production, handling and record-keeping requirements of the Standards.

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