RULE CAUSES SPLIT ON RETAIL CERTIFICATION

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- There is renewed debate over several aspects of the revised U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed national organic standards. Specifically, some are criticizing the lack of guidance in the second draft as it pertains to store-level activities, and whether retailers should be certified to sell organic foods.Although the new proposal requires certification for most organic growers,

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- There is renewed debate over several aspects of the revised U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed national organic standards. Specifically, some are criticizing the lack of guidance in the second draft as it pertains to store-level activities, and whether retailers should be certified to sell organic foods.

Although the new proposal requires certification for most organic growers, manufacturers and processors, it exempts retailers who do no on-site processing,

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