Consistent with OTA’s comments on seed purity being presented at NOSB’s meeting this week, the NOSB Materials Subcommittee has submitted a work plan request to develop prevention guidance for keeping genetically modified organisms (GMOs) out of organic agriculture. The National Organic Program (NOP) announced yesterday that it supports this action, and would like NOSB to recommend best practices for avoiding contact with GMOs in organic production and handling. OTA applauds NOP’s decision to take immediate steps to keep GMOs out of organic livestock feed, crops and food. OTA also strongly urges NOSB to draft a recommendation to NOP to create guidance and provide training to accredited certified agents (ACAs) on conducting GMO sampling and testing under the residue testing rule. Contact Gwendolyn Wyard for more information.
NOP supports guidance on GMO contamination prevention
April 29, 2014 in Government Affairs & Policy
All Things Organic Annual Awards Gala Annual Fund Arsenic Benefits BioFach Canada Consumer Deals COTA Cotton Dairy Equivalency Expo East Exports and Imports Expo West Farm Bill Farming FDA Food Safety Genetic Engineering Government Affairs & Policy HACCP Health and Environment Concerns IFOAM International Trade Just Label It Leadership Award NOP NOSB Organic Industry Survey Organic PAC Organic Production Organic Products Organic Report Organic Research Organic Sector Organic Week OTA OTA Board OTA Policy Conference Research & Promotion Program Resources Standards The Organic Center USDA