Organic Labels Must Be Removed from Fumigated Imports

Organic Labels Must Be Removed from Fumigated Imports

Joint letter reminds PACA licensees of organic restrictions.

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July 19, 2018
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In a joint letter to all Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) licensees, the USDA Fair Trade Practices Program and National Organic Program remind U.S. importers that agricultural products treated with a substance prohibited by the USDA organic regulations, or that undergo ionizing radiation, may not be sold, labeled, or represented as organic.

PACA licensees who sell or label such treated products as organic may be subject to penalties under the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) and the PACA.

PACA licensed individuals and firms may broker, handle, or sell organic agricultural products. PACA licensees who broker organic imports may not need to be certified as organic, however, they are responsible for ensuring that imported organic commodities comply with all the requirements of the USDA organic regulations.

AMS enforces the USDA organic regulations for domestic and imported organic agricultural products through the National Organic Program. For additional information see the Joint Letter on Fumigation of Organic Products
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