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(MELROSE, MA) December 28, 2000- National organic standards finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
will strengthen consumer confidence in U.S. organic products both domestically
and internationally, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and MVS Solutions
Incorporated said today.
"For the first time, there will be consistent standards
and labeling for all organic products marketed in the United States.
No longer will there be questions concerning what ´organic´ stands for,
or whether the process has been certified," said Katherine DiMatteo,
executive director of the trade association representing all segments
of the organic industry in North America.
Organic refers to the way agricultural products are grown
and processed. A vital part of U.S. agriculture, organic production
is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil
fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers.
Organic product sales have grown at least 20 percent each year since
1990, resulting in an estimated $7.76 billion in retail sales during
National organic standards will protect the integrity of
the organic guarantee, and prohibit the use of irradiation, sewage sludge,
or genetic engineering in anything labeled organic.
DiMatteo called USDA´s regulations implementing the Organic
Foods Production Act of 1990 a significant milestone for the U.S. organic
industry. "Not only will U.S. consumers benefit, but U.S. trading partners
will have the reassurance that products certified as organic have met
strict criteria and certification agents have been approved by USDA.
Organic agriculture is here to stay, and will continue to contribute
to the growth of family farms, to the U.S. economy, and to a safer environment
worldwide," DiMatteo added. OTA, she noted, has long sought national
"National Organic Standards bring the confidence to consumers
who have the need to believe that science can truly be on the their
side and not just on the side of corporate interests" explained Dr.
Louis M. Scarmoutzos of MVS Solutions Incorporated.
The regulations, currently posted on USDA´s Agricultural
Marketing Service´s web site (www.ams.usda.gov/nop), appear in the Dec.
21, 2000 issue of the Federal Register.
MVS Solutions Incorporated is a member of OTA. The mission
of OTA is to encourage global sustainability through promoting and protecting
the growth of diverse organic trade. Further information about national
organic standards is available on OTA´s web site (www.ota.com).
Information regarding MVS Solutions Incorporated and its products and
services can be found at www.mvssolutions.com.
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