NOP supports guidance on GMO contamination prevention

GMOConsistent 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.

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