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Mellinger’s Minutes: Verifying Organic in the Global Supply Chain

May 19, 2017

Demand in the U.S. for organic food, including milk, meat and eggs, continues to grow, placing strains on global supply chains to ensure the adequate supply of feed ingredients required to produce those products.

This recent Washington Post article highlights some of the risks associated with trading counter-parties and the potential for fraud. It also describes the layers of documentation required to fulfill this trade. Due to revelations of problematic certifications of imported organic agricultural products, one can expect heightened surveillance and controls to ensure compliance with USDA Organic certification standards. This represents an opportunity for reputable testing and verification companies.

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