While testing has always been a part of organic product oversight and is required by the Organic Foods Production Act, today's action specifies the minimum amount of testing that must occur.
This additional testing will help certifying agents identify and take enforcement action against farms and businesses intentionally using prohibited substances or methods.
**Integrity Thorough Additional Residue Testing**
Certifying agents may test USDA organic farms and processors across the United States and throughout the world for any prohibited substances and methods, including:
- Prohibited pesticides - possible target list
- Arsenic or other contaminant metals
- Genetic engineering - GMO policy
- Synthetic hormones
- Antibiotics, except in organic apple and pear production per USDA organic regulations
Final Rule: Periodic Residue Testing
Strengthens testing requirements in USDA organic regulations
Pilot Study: Pesticide Residue Testing
Serves as a model for pesticide residue testing projects
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