Monday, February 11, 2008

USDA revamps organic standards body

The body that monitors organic standards in the US is to be restructured, the US Department of Agriculture has announced.

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), an office of the USDA, is reorganizing the National Organic Program into three branches - accreditation, auditing & training; and compliance & enforcement.

Lloyd Day, administrator of AMS, which oversees the programme, said it had been experiencing growing pains along with the organic industry. "This new year brings an opportunity to make changes in the programme to keep up with growth in the organic industry," he added.

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