List of Acronyms - Organic Trade Association
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List of Acronyms

ALJ – administrative law judge
AMS – Agricultural Marketing Service of USDA; oversees NOP
AOS – American Organic Standards, OTA’s industry guidelines
BATF – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, within the Department of Commerce
CFR – Code of Federal Regulations
DNA – deoxyribonucleic acid; genetic material
EEC – European Economic Community
EM – excluded methods (see definition in Proposed Rule)
ENM – Estimated National Mean, a measurement in the Pesticide Data Program (PDP)
EPA – Environmental Protection Agency
EU – European Union
FARAD – Food Animal Residue Avoidance Database
FDA – Food and Drug Administration
GEO – genetically engineered organism, used synonymously with GMO
GM – genetically modified
GMO – genetically modified organism (see Proposed Rule definition of excluded methods)
GRAS – generally regarded as safe, used by FDA
ISO – International Organization for Standardization
NAD – National Appeals Division of USDA
NIST – National Institute of Standards and Technology
NOP – National Organic Program of USDA, under AMS
NOSB – National Organic Standards Board, a citizen advisory board for NOP
NRCS – National Resource Conservation Service
OCC – Organic Trade Association’s Certifiers Council
OFPA – Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (Title XXI of the 1990 Farm Bill)
OMRI – Organic Materials Review Institute, the TAP for USDA
OTA – Organic Trade Association
PACA – Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act
PCAL – Provisional Certification Action Level, proposed by OTA for use in cases of UREC
PDP – In these comments, the Pesticide Data Program of USDA, not "principle display panel"
QAC – Quality Assurance Committee of OTA
TAP – Technical Advisory Panel
UREC – unavoidable residual environmental contamination
USC – United States Code
USDA – United States Department of Agriculture
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