The USDA Organic standard is a specialized standard for organic products that are exported to the United States. It includes products of plant and animal origin and their processed products. According to the standard, the rules must be followed strictly. Moreover, continuous and thorough inspections must be carried out. The specifications of the standard cover issues such as soil quality, good animal breeding practices, using natural methods to control weeds and insects, etc. Also, prerequistites of the standard are: the absence of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in plant derived products as well as the absence of hormones and antibiotics in the animal derived products.
The USDA standard is addressed to:
Companies that produce organic products and want to export them to the USA.
Benefits of implementing the standard:
- Protecting the health of producers and consumers
- Protection of the environment
- Production of safe products for demanding markets
- Increase in products’ sales