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Food Safety Information

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The organic system recognizes food safety as a top priority

Organic farms and processing facilities must follow all applicable local, state, and federal requirements for food safety.

Organic requirements mandate:

  • All organic farmers and processors to be registered with USDA
  • Third-party certification
  • Announced and unannounced on-site inspections
  • Audit trails to ensure traceability from farm to your family
  • Rigorous review of materials, processes and methods used in organic production and processing
  • Production and processing without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and chemical fertilizers and sewage sludge.

To further support and improve food safety, the organic system requires:

  • Adherence to strict rules around compost creation and application
  • Maintenance or improvement of soil and water quality
  • The use of appropriate food safety practices, such as pasteurization and equipment sanitation
  • Livestock must be given access to the outdoors and other healthy living conditions
  • Livestock may not be fed animal by-products

Read on to learn more about how you and the organic system can work together to ensure the safety of your food.

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