August 8, 2022


New USDA publication states requirements for organic poultry, livestock operations


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) previewed the Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards (OLPS) proposed rule in the Federal Register last week.


With this publication, the USDA proposes requirements for organic poultry and livestock living conditions, care, transport and slaughter.


This new proposed OLPS rule would change the USDA organic regulations to promote a fairer and more competitive market for organic livestock producers by making sure that certified USDA livestock products are produced to the same, consistent standard.


"This proposed Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards rule demonstrates USDA's strong commitment to America's organic producers," said US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack. "We encourage producers, processors and consumers to submit written comments about the rule so that we can work together to create a fairer, more competitive and transparent food system."


"This rulemaking is an opportunity to ensure consumers' expectations align with the enforced organic standards, building trust across the supply chain and leveling the playing field for producers," said under secretary for marketing and regulatory programmes Jenny Lester Moffitt. "With this proposed rule, USDA is seeking to establish and clarify clear standards for organic livestock and poultry production."


When finalised, the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) will oversee the rule's implementation. NOP develops and enforces clear standards to give farmers, ranchers and businesses a level playing field. In partnership with USDA-accredited certifying agents, NOP's oversight supports growth of the organic market, including farmers and businesses interested in transitioning to organic.


NOP will host a public webinar listening session on August 19 to hear oral comments on the proposed rule.


- The Cattle Site

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