The rule with the title: “Strengthening Organic Enforcement” is still hanging fire at USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

It’s said to be the single largest piece of organic food rule-making since the National Organic Program (NOP) was birthed by the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. The NOP is the

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Celebrating the USDA’s move on Aug. 5 to reinstate organic animal welfare standards, organic advocates are hailing this as a “resounding victory” for organic farmers, their livestock, and organic consumers.

As such, it reverses the withdrawal by the Trump Administration in 2018 of the 2017 Organic Livestock and Poultry rule.

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Public health officials have found that fresh organic strawberries linked to hepatitis A outbreaks in the United States and Canada were imported from Mexico.

Investigators in the United States and Canada are continuing to work to find additional details about the outbreaks linked to the organic berries from Mexico-based FreshKampo.
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The USDA has issued a public health alert for certain organic ground beef distributed to Whole Foods stores because it may contain pieces of hard plastic.

There is concern that consumers may have the organic ground beef in their home refrigerators or freezers, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and
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Alpine Fresh Inc. of Doral, FL, is recalling its 1-pound packages of “Hippie Organics” french green beans after company testing found contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The company distributed the organic green beans in Whole Foods stores in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Maryland; in Aldi stores in Florida; and in
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World Variety Produce Inc. of Los Angeles is recalling organic zucchini shipped to Walmart stores in 18 states after government testing revealed contamination with Salmonella.

“Consumers who have purchased the recalled organic Marketside zucchini are urged to destroy and dispose of recalled product,” according to a company notice.

The Marketside
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The Environmental Working Group has released its annual best and worst lists of fresh produce based on pesticide residues.

The lists — released under the trademarked Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen — are based on results of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program. The Environmental Working Group does
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