National organic regulations soon.
USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) re-proposal recently was
submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review. In the
department's re-writing of the rule, they took into consideration
the more than 275,060 comments received from its first efforts in 1997.
The budget office officially has 90 days to respond to the re-proposal
and NOP Program Manager Keith Jones told F&DW that he hopes that it
can be completed sooner. After USDA receives the green light, it must
finalize the document and prepare for a second public comment period.
Jones said the re-proposal would mostly likely become a final rule by
the end of next year.