News from the Q | Quality Assurance International Newsletter | August 2016

Industry News

QAI Launches Certified Transitional Program

To help increase U.S. organic farmland and the sustainability of the organic market, QAI launched the Certified Transitional program to create consumer awareness and incentivize farmers to make the switch to organic growing methods. > Read More

QAI in the Community

The QAI team recently volunteered doing some hands-on farm work at the Wild Willow Farm and Education Center in San Diego. > Read More

Regulatory Updates

NOP Materials Up for Five-Year Sunset Review

The National Organic Standards Board holds biannual meetings to review materials allowed for use in organic production. The Organic Trade Association provides pre-meeting information about key points to be covered and post-meeting summary reports including board actions. > Read More

Get the Latest Version of the IACB EU Standard

The Equivalent European Union Organic Production and Processing Standard for Third Countries has been updated to version 13. Download the latest versions to verify your operation’s ongoing compliance to this standard. > Read More

European Commission Approves Three GM Soybeans for EU Import

The EC has authorized three genetically modified soybeans to be sold for food and feed in Europe. To maintain the integrity of your organic products, please ensure your suppliers are properly confirming the non-GMO status of any ingredients. > Read More

Is it Organic? Task Force Examines Hydroponics and Aquaponics

The National Organic Program created a task force to determine whether crops grown by hydroponics and aquaponics should be allowed to obtain organic certification. The task force investigated these production practices and determined their alignment with organic standards in a report released at the end of July. > Read More

In the Spotlight: Get to Know Kayo Tsunenari

To help you get to know QAI better, we feature a QAI team member in each e-newsletter. This issue introduces Kayo Tsunenari, Group Lead. > Read More

Upcoming Events

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Natural Products Expo East
Baltimore, MD, September 21-24

Esca Bona
Austin, TX, October 17-19

National Organic Standards Board Meeting
St. Louis, MO, November 16-18

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