November 2020

Brokers, Trade Owners or Importers of Organic Products: How an Upcoming Organic Regulation Change May Affect You

A sweeping proposed rule aimed at bolstering the National Organic Program’s regulatory oversight and enforcement of the organic supply chain will increase the types of businesses that need to be certified. Does it apply to your business?
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The Strengthening Organic Enforcement proposed rule, published in August 2020, is intended to protect integrity in the organic supply chain and build consumer trust in the USDA organic label. The rule’s proposed amendments will close gaps in NOP regulation 7 CFR Part 205 to strengthen consistent practices to deter and detect organic fraud—and to improve farm-to-market transparency and product traceability.

The rule will also increase the types of businesses that need to be certified including importers, brokers and traders of organic products.

Does the proposed rule apply to your business?

Potentially affected entities may include:

  • Individuals or business entities that are considering organic certification
  • Existing production and handling operations that are currently certified organic under the USDA organic regulations
  • Brokers, traders and importers of organic products that are not currently certified under the USDA organic regulations
  • Operations that use non-retail containers for shipping or storing organic products
  • Retailers that sell organic products
  • Operations that receive or review organic certificates to verify compliance with USDA organic regulations
  • USDA-accredited certifying agents, inspectors and reviewers
  • Operations that import organic products into the United States
  • Operations that export organic products to the United States

The organic experts at Quality Assurance International (QAI), an NSF company, are ready to help you interpret these regulations and how they may affect your business.