The Organic Trade Association applauds the introduction of the Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organic Standards Act. The legislation ensures organic standards continuously evolve and improve and to hold the federal government accountable for keeping up with the needs and expectations of the dynamic organic marketplace. The legislation would amend the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 to provide a streamlined and predictable process to review and revise organic standards implemented by USDA. It would enable the improvement and advancement of organic to forge ahead into the future.
OTA CEO and Executive Director Tom Chapman says, “Ensuring continuous improvement for organic is our highest priority in the 2023 Farm Bill, and this legislation goes far to address that objective.” The bill requires the USDA to review and revise national organic standards “not less frequently than once every five years.”
The legislation also highlights the continuation of the established consultation process with the National Organic Standards Board and input from the public.