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AnnouncementOctober 19, 2016

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) announces a new committee on organic compliance.
U.S and Mexico Establish Joint Organic Compliance Committee
Today, October 19, 2016, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) established the Joint U.S.-Mexico Organic Compliance Committee as part of work towards organic equivalency.

The Committee was established through the exchange of terms of reference documents between AMS and Mexico's National Service for Animal and Plant Health, Food Safety and Quality of Mexico (SENASICA). The documents were signed by AMS Administrator, Elanor Starmer and SENASICA Director in Chief, Enrique Sánchez Cruz during a signing ceremony held at USDA headquarters in Washington, DC.

The Committee will collaborate to strengthen monitoring and enforcement controls on organic products traded between the United States and Mexico, increase transparency, and build stakeholder confidence as the two countries discuss a potential organic equivalency arrangement.

AMS has established a new page on its website to provide background on the Committee, its goals, and its accomplishments.

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