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U.S. Ends Organic Recognition Agreement With India.
Jan 13, 2021

Organic producers in India have six months to gain certification with a USDA-accredited certifying agent, said the USDA on Monday in announcing the termination of an organic recognition agreement dating from 2006. 'We need a more active oversight presence in India to more directly protect organic integrity,' said the Agricultural Marketing Service, which runs the National Organic Program.
'Currently, USDA does not have direct visibility or enforcement authority over many organic certifiers and operations in India that sell into the U.S. market,' said the AMS in an email to the organic agriculture community. With the end of the agreement, organic producers now working with certifiers approved by India’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Authority (APEDA) will need to work with USDA-accredited certifiers to be in line with USDA organic standards. APEDA-accredited certifiers may apply for direct accreditation to the USDA organic program at any time.

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