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Series Highlights ‘Strengthening Organic Enforcement’ Proposed Rule

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Organic Insider has begun a six-part series that highlights changes outlined in the Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) proposed rule and explains how they apply to members of the organic community. The first installment of the series explains how SOE will limit exemptions to organic certification, meaning that currently exempt businesses like brokers, traders, importers, and exporters may need to be certified organic if they handle organic products. The Strengthening Organic Enforcement Proposed Rule was published in the Federal Register on August 5, 2020, and is open for public comment until October 5, 2020.