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USDA Office of Inspector General Publishes Organic Milk Audit Report

On February 29, 2012, the USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) published an audit report about the National Organic Program (NOP), focusing on oversight and monitoring activities of the National Organic Program and its certifying agents with respect to organic milk.

On February 29, 2012, the USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) published an audit report about the National Organic Program (NOP), focusing on oversight and monitoring activities of the National Organic Program and its certifying agents with respect to organic milk. 

The report includes four findings with recommendations for each. Key recommendations include:

  • Conduct an analysis of genetically modified (GM) detection methods and protocols. Based on analysis results,  determine whether guidance for certifying agents is needed to identify potential violations of the USDA organic regulations;
  • Improve the online listing of certified organic operations, including more real-time information about newly certified and recently suspended/revoked operators;
  • Ensure certifying agents have adequate oversight over the transportation of bulk raw organic milk and that milk transportation is addressed in organic system plans;
  • Issue guidance related to unannounced inspections of NOP-certified milk operations.  

The OIG has accepted all of NOP's proposed actions in response to the report. The NOP already has several activities underway in these areas and plans to complete all corrective actions by February 2013.

Read the full report (pdf)

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