ARLINGTON, Va. — RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) announced the addition of Kristen Spotz as its senior director of regulatory affairs. She joins the association with an extensive regulatory and technical background, along with manufacturing experience of various Food and Drug Administration (FDA) products, where she specialized in quality control and quality engineering.
- “Lessons Learned From Field-Based Research Following the 2018 (E. coli) Outbreak,” by Dr. Channah Rock, professor of environmental sciences and water quality specialist with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.
- “Steps in Developing a Comprehensive Irrigation Water Treatment Program,” by Bob Mills, director of food safety/technical services at The Harbinger Group, LLC Misionero.
- “Data Sharing — a Different Industry-FDA Approach to Conduct Product Testing,” by Sonia Salas, assistant vice president for food safety, Western Growers
As such, AMS has informed India’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) that it is ending the U.S.-India organic recognition, which was established in 2006. This decision starts a transition period which will allow organic operations certified by APEDA-accredited certifiers to apply for direct certification by USDA-accredited certifiers to the USDA organic standards.
- By July 12, 2021, to continue to export to the U.S., current organic operations in India will need to have applied for certification with a USDA-accredited organic certifier.
- By mid-March 2021, USDA certifiers will be able to list these organic operation applicants in India in the Organic Integrity Database to help U.S. buyers verify that a farm or business in India has applied for NOP certification.
- After July 12, 2022, USDA organic certification by a USDA-accredited certifier will be required to import organic products from India to the U.S.
- APEDA-accredited certifiers may apply to NOP for direct accreditation to the USDA organic program at any time.
- Organic certifiers and operations in India are responsible for ensuring compliance to any additional government of India export requirements, including TraceNet reporting and documentation.