USDA this past week allocated funds for States to administer Specialty Crop Block Grants, awarded for projects and research to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, sustain the livelihood of American farmers, and strengthen rural economies. Priorities for this funding cycle are research projects concerning organic and sustainable production practices, enhancing food safety, and developing [...]
Today, April 8, is the deadline for submitting comments on recommendations for the Spring NOSB meeting. OTA’s final comments are now posted online. Individuals and organizations wishing to comment at the NOSB meeting must reserve an In-Person Oral Comment Slot by midnight Eastern TODAY. The NOSB meeting will be held April 29-May 2 in San Antonio, TX, at the St. Anthony Hotel. The meeting [...]
OTA co-hosted, along with Just Label It, the Environmental Working Group, Center for Food Safety and others, a fly-in April 7-8 to lobby for GMO labeling. Many of our members were in town to take to the Hill to advocate for GMO labeling. In addition, we plan to include GMO labeling issues in our “asks” [...]
Monday, March 31, marked the close of the comment period for the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on its Proposed Preventive Controls for Animal Feed and Pet Food Rule. Under the proposed rule, facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold animal feed and pet food would be required to develop and implement a [...]
The Organic Center posted a response to a British study comparing cancer incidence in those consuming organic food versus non-organic food, pointing out the limitations of the research. The study was constructed in such a way that it was difficult to find meaningful associations. Despite the multiple factors that could mask trends in the data, [...]
For the upcoming National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting April 29-May 2 in San Antonio, TX, OTA will provide public comments on any new or revised NOSB proposals pertinent to its members. Topics of particular interest for OTA include a report on Seed Purity from GMOs; Guidance on Retail Certification; Streptomycin; Glycerin – petitioned for removal; Confidential Business Information in [...]
If you are a manufacturer of organic animal feed or pet food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) proposed food safety rule will likely impact you. The deadline for submitting comments to FDA on proposed rules implementing the animal feed and pet food provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is Monday, March 31. Under the proposed Preventive Controls for Food for [...]
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency launched a new online labeling tool to help producers, manufacturers and retailers improve compliance with federal food labeling regulations. The new tool will provide self-assessment checklists, examples of the regulations in practice and detailed diagrams of product labels. Access the online labeling tool here.
OTA’s newly formed Organic = Non-GMO PLUS Task Force is focused on protecting and promoting organic products as a gold standard of non-GMO choices. As part of its mandate, the Task Force Communications Subcommittee has just completed the first round of several resources that will help suppliers and retailers promote the organic label and educate customers [...]
The National Organic Standards Board will hold its spring meeting April 29-May 2 in San Antonio, TX, at the St. Anthony Hotel. The agenda will be released by the National Organic Program (NOP) on Monday, March 10. We will keep you posted on agenda items and chances to comment.