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Register now for residue sampling webinar

You can now register for OTA’s residue sampling webinar. Join OTA’s Nathaniel Lewis on August 19 from 10 a.m. to Noon PST (1– 3 p.m. EST) to learn about residue sampling under the USDA National Organic Program. This webinar is free for OTA members.  Lewis will also conduct a second webinar session on residue sampling [...]

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The Organic Center campaign to Save Organic Citrus continues!

This past week, The Organic Center launched a crowdfunding campaign to support research finding organic solutions to citrus greening.   Currently, control of citrus greening relies heavily on toxic sprays that are harmful to bees and other wildlife.  We need solutions that are healthy for the environment and people, and that don’t rely on GMO resistant [...]

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Mark your calendar for Aug. 19 residue sampling webinar

Join OTA’s Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist Nathaniel Lewis August 19 for a webinar on residue sampling under USDA’s National Organic Program. Registration for this comprehensive two-hour webinar is free for OTA members.  This effort is in collaboration with the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA), which is offering a more rigorous organic inspector certificate series [...]

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OTA member feedback sought on inputs

Over the course of the next two years, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will review the large majority of crop, livestock, and handling inputs currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. These production inputs will be reviewed by NOSB based on their Sunset timelines (October of 2015, 2016 or 2017), and may not be renewed [...]

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NOP compliant microorganisms scheduled to expire in 2016

Are you using microorganisms (i.e., yeast, dairy cultures) to produce organic products such as wine, vinegar, soy sauce, yoghurt, cheese, or sourdough bread? If so, now is the time to get involved in the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Sunset review process. During the production of food ingredients allowed on the National List, critical carriers, [...]

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Mark your calendar for Aug. 19 residue sampling webinar

OTA’s Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist Nathaniel Lewis will host a residue sampling webinar for OTA members on August 19 in collaboration with the International Organic Inspector Association (IOIA). Lewis will cover pesticide residue sampling on organic farms and handling facilities.  Participants will learn how pesticide residue sampling is used as a tool to evaluate [...]

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AMA seeks ban on overuse of antibiotics on farms

The American Medical Association is seeking a ban on the agricultural use of antibiotics to promote livestock growth in an effort to slow the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. At its annual meeting in June, AMA adopted Resolution 513 which also calls for regulatory and legislative measures to require that antibiotic prescriptions for livestock be overseen [...]

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OTA attends FSMA implementation workshop

This past week, OTA’s Regulatory Director of Organic Standards and Food Safety Gwendolyn Wyard and OTA’s Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist Nathaniel Lewis attended a stakeholder workshop on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Discussed were next steps in the implementation of FSMA, with a focus on execution and [...]

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Séralini study is re-published after three rounds of peer review

Findings from a chronic toxicity study of the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup and commercialized genetically engineered (GE) corn led by Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini that was first published in September 2012—then retracted in November 2013—from Food and Chemical Toxicology, have been re-published by Environmental Sciences Europe after additional rounds of peer review. The study found severe liver [...]

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OTA onsite for FSMA implementation workshop

This Wednesday, OTA’s Regulatory Director of Organic Standards and Food Safety Gwendolyn Wyard and OTA’s Senior Crop and Livestock Specialist Nathaniel Lewis will attend an invite-only stakeholder workshop on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The workshop will discuss next steps in the implementation of FSMA, moving beyond rules development and [...]

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