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National Organic Program
Welcome to the National Organic Program  
USDA Organic Seal
What is organic?
Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used. Consumer Information.


Our Mission
Ensuring the integrity of USDA organic products in the U.S. and throughout the world. About Us | USDA Organic Seal


Organic Standards
Regulations and guidance on certification, production, handling, and labeling of USDA organic products. Learn more.


National Organic Standards Board
Members of the organic community appointed to advise USDA on National List materials and regulatory topics. Learn more.


Organic Certification & Accreditation
Third-party agents around the world certify operations to USDA organic standards. Learn more.



Compliance & Enforcement
Protecting integrity of USDA organic products through enforcement actions for non-compliance. Learn more.

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  Proposed Rule + Correction: Methionine in Organic Poultry Production Deadline: 4/6/2012  
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  Last Modified Date: 02/07/2012