Standards

USDA National Organic Program

USDA National Organic Program

Governing Organization

USDA National Organic Program

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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

Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used.  The mission of the US Department of Agriculture, National Organic Program USDA NOP is ensuring the integrity of USDA organic products in the U.S. and throughout the world.  The NOP is a regulatory program housed within the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. We are responsible for developing national standards for organically-produced agricultural products. These standards assure consumers that products with the USDA organic seal meet consistent, uniform standards. Our regulations do not address food safety or nutrition.

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