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AnnouncementMarch 8, 2013


The National Organic Program (NOP) has posted two new reports on its website. Both reports were completed in response to the USDA Office of Inspector General's Organic Milk Audit Part 1 published in 2012.


Modernized Certified Organic Operations Database Report


The NOP currently posts a searchable list of certified organic operations once a year. While we have received feedback that this tool is useful for website visitors, a more modernized system is needed to provide up-to-date information about certified organic operations across the supply chain, and to increase the NOP's ability to oversee a growing network of certifiers and operators. This Needs Assessment and Business Requirements Analysis report describes the primary needs that would guide technology design and development efforts for a modernized certified organic operations database system.


Modernized Certified Organic Operations Database: Needs Assessment and Business Requirements Analysis Report


Biotech Test Methods and Protocols for Use in Organic Compliance 


The use of genetically modified organisms is prohibited in organic production and handling. The USDA organic regulations prohibit the use of genetically modified (GM) materials as "excluded methods" under 7 CFR 205.105. In 2012, the Office of the Inspector General recommended that the NOP conduct a study of testing methods that may be used to detect the presence of genetically modified materials in organic livestock feed. This report, prepared to respond to this recommendation:

  • summarizes current guidance available to certifiers and producers regarding sampling and testing for GM material; 
  • describes testing technologies currently used to test organic livestock feed products for the presence of GM material; and
  • discusses the sampling methods used to back up the testing technology.   

Biotech Test Methods and Protocols for Use in Organic Compliance Report


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