USDA delays implementation of U.S./Mexico organic certification rule

In October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service worked with its Mexican counterpart, SENASICA, to create the Joint Organic Compliance Committee.

The committee would require import certificates for all organic products traded between the U.S. and Mexico, and improve monitoring and enforcement controls.

On Jan. 10, the AMS issued a notice delaying implementation of the required certification program. According to their website, AMS will notify stakeholders when a new effective date has been chosen.

In the meantime, the National Organics Program, the organization responsible for certifying organic products entering the U.S., will host webinars to help certifying agents and importers understand requirements and prepare for the program's implementation.