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USDA Orders New Testing on Organic Food
Fri Nov 9, 2012 01:39 PM CST

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday that periodic residue testing will begin next year on organic food in an effort to ensure producers are not using prohibited pesticides, genetically modified organisms or other substances.

Only a small number of private, USDA-accredited testing agencies have been performing routine testing on farms since the USDA first implemented regulations governing organic food production in 2002 and that's because there is little guidance in the regulations covering why and when testing should be performed.

Organic food producers must get an initial inspection before being certified to produce organic food, ...

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