USDA works to streamline organic certification

03/28/2013 09:01:00 AM
Coral Beach

An example of excessive recordkeeping requirements included in a January training session described an operation with a clean-out procedure being cited because the signature on its procedures is not from the current manager. Such changes that do not effect procedures should not put a producer out of compliance or require producers to file special forms.

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Chris Sawyer    
Candler NC  |  March, 29, 2013 at 05:31 PM

I just don't believe this at all. We were recertified very recently and the cost has doubled, we got written up for non compliance because our recipts were at the accountant.. but we furnished all the empty seed packs for inspection and all our sales records. Additionally our cost to be certified rose from 700 to 1100. Our inspector told us they had been audited recently and reprimanded because they never had to write anyone as 'out of compliance' so now they are writing everyone up on every little issue they can find. We are one of those under 250K farms. We are certfied growers and processors and have been for 15 years.

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