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Emerging Standards

In response to a desire for differentiation of food products not covered under current organic certification scopes, NOSB and the organic sector have made recommendations to develop additional organic standards. These standards would extend organic certification to products such as honey, seafood, and pet food. Requirements for new types of organic products will incorporate the fundamental tenants of organic production (ecological balance, contamination prevention, and a preference for natural substances), so the use of the term organic and the USDA organic seal will continue to meet consumer expectations. These emerging standards will expand the breadth of the organic industry, providing consumers with more organic options when shopping for their families. 

For OTA's most recent updates on Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organic Standards (CIAO) visit here.


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