You may or may not know that way too many non-organic farmers are getting away with false and misleading advertising duping consumers into buying non-organic foods.
This growing problem is being addressed by the USDA and certifying agencies such as CCOF “Certified California Organic Farmers.”
Before you buy, you need to inspect the certificate, such as this https://basalticfarms.com/certified-california-organic-garlic-farm/.
USDA invites public comment on the Strengthening Organic Enforcement proposed rule through Oct. 5, 2020.
“Organic agriculture is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the food market,” said Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach. “As the organic market has grown, organic supply chains have become more complex. Stronger market oversight is needed to protect farmers and consumers who choose the organic option.”
USDA is committed to supporting organic farmers and ranchers by developing clear standards and creating a level playing field. Once finalized, the revised regulations will:
- Reduce the number of uncertified businesses in the organic supply chain.
- Standardize organic certificates.
- Require the use of import certificates for all imported natural products.
- Increase the minimum amount of unannounced inspections.
- Increase inspector qualifications.
- Strengthen fraud prevention procedures.
- Increase data reporting requirements to make it easier to identify and focus enforcement resources on higher-risk locations, activities, and commodities.