The Organic Trade Association welcomed a move by the USDA aimed at stopping fraudulent organic products from entering the United States. USDA this week revoked the organic certificate for a Turkish firm for shipping nonorganic ingredients to the United States labeled as organic, according to the Hagstrom Report.
The Organic Trade Association said “fraud cannot be tolerated in the organic system,” adding that “the integrity of the organic certification process and the commitment to compliance and enforcement are the lifeblood of the organic industry.”
Earlier this week, the OTA announced that it would create an anti-fraud task force. The anti-fraud task force will create guidelines for the private sector to use in verifying its international supply chains.
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