Organic Standards for Handling: Excerpts of USDA's National Organic Program Regulations

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By Ann H. Baier

Published: 2008

Updated: April 2012



20 pages


This collection of excerpts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program provides the reader with key standards relevant to handlers of organic crops. This publication should be used together with excerpts for all certified organic operations, livestock production and crop production, as applicable.

Table of Contents

Organic handling
Facility pest management
Commingling and contact with prohibited substance prevention
Use of the term"organic"
Product composition
Calculating percentage of organically produced ingredients
Packaged products labeled "100% organic" or "organic"
Packaged products labeled "made with organic�"
Multi-ingredient packaged products
Labeling livestock feed
Labeling non-retail containers
Ag products represented as "100% organic" or "organic"
Ag products represented as"made with organic�"
Ag products produced on an exempt or excluded operation
Nonagricultural (non-organic) substances allowed as ingredients
Non-organic ag products allowed as ingredients
Selected terms defined

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