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Entire organic supply chain needs certification

The USDA is helping more businesses become certified organic as part of updates made with the Strengthening Organic Enforcement Final Rule.

Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program Jennifer Tucker says some handlers were previously exempt.

“And that led to some significant problems in oversight,” she says.  “It made it hard to do traceability audits.  When we were doing investigations, you could easily lose the trail of organic integrity.”

Now, businesses buying, selling, or negotiating sales of organic products are required to be certified.  Tucker recommends farmers and organic businesses review supply chains.

“If you have uncertified entities either before or after you, talk to them about getting certified,” she says.

During a webinar about the changes, Tucker says there are some exemptions still, like companies with less than $5,000 of annual sales.

Businesses have a little more than a year to comply with the final rule.

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