Congressional Research Service Report - Organic Trade Association
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Congressional Research Service Report

In an independent review, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) has concluded that the recent changes in the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) will do little more than block the effect of the June 2005 court ruling in Harvey v. Veneman.  Agreeing with Organic Trade Association (OTA), CRS concluded that two of three changes made by Congress rendered the corresponding court rulings "likely moot", meaning the effect of the new law changes will be to restore the existing rules.  On the issue of commercial availability, CRS agreed with OTA that the amendment did not change the court's ruling that each crop appearing on the National List must meet all of the stringent requirements for placement on the National List, but instead that the Secretary may create emergency procedures to accelerate that review.

See a copy of the report here.

For more information about this issue, see OTA's Just the Facts page.
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