Organic Certification
  : is a certification process for producers of organic food and other organic agricultural products. In general, any business directly involved in food production can be certified, including seed suppliers, farmers, food processors, retailers and restaurants. Requirements vary from country to country, and generally involve a set of production standards for growing, storage, processing, packaging and shipping that include :

         "No" human sewage sludge fertilizer used in cultivation of plants or feed of animals ;

         Avoidance  synthetic chemical inputs,

Not on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances

( e.g. fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, etc. ) ;

         "No" Genetically modified organisms, irradiation, and the use of bio-solids ;

         Use farmland that has been free from prohibited synthetic chemicals for a number of years

( often three or more ) ;

         Keeping detailed written production and sales records ( audit trail ) ;

         Maintaining strict physical separation of organic products from non-certified products ;

         Undergoing periodic on-site inspections ;

In some countries, certification is overseen by the government, and commercial use of the term organic is legally restricted. Certified organic producers are also subject to the same agricultural, food safety and other government regulations that apply to non-certified producers.


   USDA - National Organic Program
A production system that is managed to respond to site specified conditions by
integrating cultural, biological and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources,
promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity.

  What is Organic ? 
Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used.

Our Mission 
Ensuring the integrity of USDA organic products in the United States and throughout the world.

  Organic Standards
Regulations & guidance on certification, production, handling, labeling of USDA organic products.

Organic Regulations   |   Program Handbook   |   Other Regulations
Rule making & Notices   |   National List & Petitioned Substances

  National Organic Standards Board 
Members of the organic community appointed to advise USDA on

National List materials and regulatory topics.

Recommendations   |   Meetings   |   Members Nominations


  Organic Certification & Accreditation 
Third-party agents around the world authorized to certify operations to USDA organic standards.

List of Certified Operations   |   List of Certifying Agents
Financial Assistance   |   USDA Organic Seal   |   Training
Organic Operations   |   Certifying Agents
State Organic Program   |   International Trade Partners

  Compliance & Enforcement 
Protecting integrity of USDA organic products through enforcement actions for non-compliance.

Submit a Complaint   |   Suspended/Revoked Operations (PDF)
Appeal Certifier or USDA Decision   |   Enforcement Actions






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