USA: Hearing slated for enhanced organic Food Industry Standards
Washington state's Organic Food Program is proposing changes to its organic handler standards that will benefit consumers by enhancing the integrity of organic food products. Comments on the proposal will be heard from 1-2 p.m. Dec. 6 in Room 205 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St., Olympia. Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. the same day. The proposed changes will clarify how retailers may obtain certification. In addition, the rules contain restrictions on the storage of organic food products with conventionally treated products. Approved post-harvest materials will include acetic acid, ascorbic acid, biological control organisms, ozone, periacetic acid, and microorganisms. Revisions will also specify how handlers can label and represent organic food products so as not to mislead consumers. Handlers include produce and grocery distributors, fruit packers, marketing companies, brokers, warehouse operations and retailers. "Washington's Organic Food Program is recognized for both the quality of its standards and its comprehensive certification process," said Miles McEvoy, manager of the Organic Food Program at Department of Agriculture. "The proposed changes will not only bring clarity to the current standards, but will help to maintain domestic and international market acceptance for Washington organic food products." Program staff worked with the Organic Advisory Board on the proposed amendments to the handler rules. The advisory board is made up of organic industry members, including farmers, packers, processors, consumers and farm suppliers. Technical information regarding compliance with organic handler standards is available from Organic Food Program staff. For a copy of the proposed rules, call Miles McEvoy at 360/902-1924. Send written comments to: Washington State Department of Agriculture, Organic Food Program, PO Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560. Comments may be sent by FAX 360/902-2087 or e-mail
Get full access to all content, just $1 for 30 days
A Message From The Editor
just-food gives you the widest food market coverage.
Paid just-food members have unlimited access to all our exclusive content - including 17 years of archives.
I am so confident you will love complete access to our content that today I can offer you 30 days access for $1.
It’s our best ever membership offer – just for you.
Dean Best, editor of just-food
- Interview: Sir Kensington's on sale to Unilever
- Analysis: Post discusses rationale for Weetabix
- Who will buy Danone's Stonyfield business?
- Interview: "Disruptive" snack brand Hippeas
- Column: Why snacking is the new meal
- Unilever buys US condiments maker Sir Kensington's
- Nestle organic growth slows but beats expectations
- Dairy dampens Danone in Q1
- Ice cream helps Unilever sales, food flat
- Icelandic to sell Saucy Fish Co. owner Seachill