Holes found in organic milk certification

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More can be done to boost consumer confidence in organic milk.

That’s according to the USDA Office of Inspector General, which issued a report this week citing a number of steps that can be taken by the National Organic Program (NOP).

Among other things:

  • Develop guidance for certifying agents regarding detection of genetically modified material.  (The report did not say prohibited GM material is showing up; rather, some of the people who certify organic milk may not be looking for it.)
  • Address milk transporter responsibilities in organic system plans. (The agency found a loophole in the rules which may allow the same sanitizers on tankers hauling regular milk to be used in the tankers hauling organic milk.)
  • Develop guidance for certifying agents on conducting unannounced inspections. (Currently, the Office of Inspector General found, certifying agents are not performing unannounced inspections of organic dairy operations. Yet, this could be a useful technique in the overview process.)

To read the entire report, click here.



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Buffalo  |  March, 02, 2012 at 11:16 AM

The Organic label is just a sham, I personally know of a larger organic dairy I Western New York that tested positive for antibiotics in there milk but continued shipping organic because their co-op need his milk to meet demand. I also sell hay to a beef farmer that advertised his beef as organic yet I have not had my field certified organic.

Batavia  |  March, 02, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I completely agree with you. Organic is nothing more than a paperwork certification. Food can not be tested to prove it was produced "organically". As long as herbicides are applied properly and the cows are given medicine per the label withhold times the food will be pure. Besides, if you are selling your produce as organic, you are a fool if you do not cheat. The payoff is great and the cost is nothing. Organic is not better from a nutritional or quality standpoint. The consumer that pays more for organic food is a fool!!

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