USDA UNVEILS NEW NATIONAL STANDARD FOR ORGANICS

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's revised national organic standards, introduced last week, were met this time around with many more cheers than jeers from the food industry and activist consumers.The groups, which include natural foods retailers, have been waiting 10 years for a list of government-approved practices that would apply to produce, processed foods and -- for the first

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's revised national organic standards, introduced last week, were met this time around with many more cheers than jeers from the food industry and activist consumers.

The groups, which include natural foods retailers, have been waiting 10 years for a list of government-approved practices that would apply to produce, processed foods and -- for the first time -- meat and poultry, eggs and related animal products.

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