USDA will not impose additional organic livestock regulations

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  1. haypoint

    haypoint Unpaid, Volunteer Devil's Advocate Supporter

    Oct 4, 2006
    Northern Michigan (U.P.)
    In this latest development, it looks like it will continue to be easy to comply with the limited standards for organic livestock. Here's the latest:

    "USDA Decides Not to Impose Additional Regulatory Requirements for Organic Producers and Handlers
    Release No. 0052.18
    USDA Office of Communications Bulletin
    March 12, 2018
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule published on January 19, 2017. The rule would have increased federal regulation of livestock and poultry for certified organic producers and handlers. The withdrawal becomes effective May 13, 2018.
    Significant policy and legal issues were identified after the rule published in January 2017. After careful review and two rounds of public comment, USDA has determined that the rule exceeds the Department's statutory authority, and that the changes to the existing organic regulations could have a negative effect on voluntary participation in the National Organic Program, including real costs for producers and consumers.
    "The existing robust organic livestock and poultry regulations are effective," said USDA Marketing and Regulatory Program Undersecretary Greg Ibach. "The organic industry's continued growth domestically and globally shows that consumers trust the current approach that balances consumer expectations and the needs of organic producers and handlers."
    Full text:
    See Also: National Organic Program (NOP); Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices
    Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 49 / Tuesday, March 13, 2018 / Rules and Regulations
    Page 10775 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service
    7 CFR Part 205 [Document Number AMS-NOP-15-0012; NOP-15-06] RIN 0581-AD75
    National Organic Program (NOP); Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices
    AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.
    ACTION: Final rule; withdrawal.
    SUMMARY: This final rule withdraws the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing
    Service. The existing organic livestock and poultry regulations remain effective.
    DATES: Effective May 13, 2018, the final rule published January 19, 2017, at 82 FR 7042, delayed February 9, 2017, at 82 FR 9967, further delayed May 10, 2017, at 82 FR 21677, and further delayed November 14, 2017, at 82 FR 52643, is withdrawn.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Lewis, Ph.D., Director, Standards Division, Telephone: (202) 720-3252; Fax: (202) 720-7808.

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