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Shipping to the EU and the TRACES system

As of April 2017, export certificates to the EU, formally known as EU Certificates of Inspection (COI), can be issued through the electronic EU TRACES (Trade Control and Export System) system. Full implementation of electronic COI’s is required by...

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APHIS GE Petunia Notice

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) recently learned that several varieties of petunias genetically engineered (GE) to produce various hues of orange, red and purple colored flowers have been imported into the United States from Africa, Asia, Central America,...
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Confinement of Organic Poultry due to risk of Avian Influenza

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) enforces the USDA organic regulations for organic poultry through the National Organic Program (NOP). The NOP has received questions regarding the confinement of organic poultry flocks due to recent outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza...
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USDA Publishes 2017 Sunset Review Notice

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is announcing the renewal of 187 substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to conclude the 2017 Sunset Review. The new sunset date for these substances is March 15, 2022. These substances are used in organic...
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Sunset 2017 Amendments to the National List

This proposed rule would address recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following their October 2015 meeting. These recommendations pertain to the 2017 Sunset Review of substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of...
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Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule

The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced the posting of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule. This rule sets clear standards for organic animals by adding specificity to the production and handling aspects of organic production, ensuring consistency and consumer transparency. This rule...
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A Conversation with USDA Leader Elanor Starmer

Elanor Starmer is the Administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which facilitates the strategic marketing of agricultural products in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to becoming AMS Administrator, Starmer was a Senior Advisor to Secretary Tom Vilsack and has been with the department since...
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Proposed Rule for Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced that the agency will propose amending the organic livestock and poultry production requirement, based on recommendations by the National Organic Standards Board that incorporate years of public comment and suggestions by stakeholders. The...
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