Developed in close consultation with other Federal agencies, this final rule sets clear standards for organic animals by adding specificity to the production and handling aspects of organic production, ensuring consistency and consumer transparency.
Based on recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board, the final rule:
- Establishes minimum indoor and outdoor space requirements for poultry;
- Clarifies how producers and handlers must treat livestock and chickens to ensure their health and well-being throughout life, including transport and slaughter; and
- Specifies which physical alterations are allowed and prohibited in organic livestock and poultry production.
Access the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule (click this link to access all information regarding rule)
A Webinar on the Final Rule was held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Slideshow from this webinar is available for viewing at the link above. Due to the high volume of attendees, AMS indicated that a second webinar will be announced the week of January 23, 2017. To receive information regarding this webinar and all future updates issued by AMS, subscribe to the NOP Insider at the following link:
Please feel free to contact ICS with any further questions regarding the final Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule.