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NOP Proposes Periodic Residue Testing

The National Organic Program (NOP) is seeking comments to a proposed rule requiring that certifying agents conduct periodic residue testing of organically produced agricultural products.

National Organic Program Proposes Periodic Residue Testing; Invites Comments to Proposed Rule

AMS No. 079-11
 
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2011—The National Organic Program (NOP) is seeking comments to a proposed rule requiring that certifying agents conduct periodic residue testing of organically produced agricultural products.
 
The rule, published today in the Federal Register (www.regulations.gov, docket number AMS-NOP-10-0102; NOP-10-10), proposes amending the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) organic regulations to make clear that accredited certifying agents must conduct periodic residue testing of agricultural products represented as “100 percent organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic (specified ingredients or food group(s)).” Provisions in the proposed rule would require that certifying agents conduct periodic residue testing for a minimum of five percent of the operations they certify annually. This would be in addition to pre-harvest or post-harvest testing they conduct when there is reason to suspect contamination with a prohibited substance. Further, applicable certifying agents would bear the additional costs for residue testing.

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