Food News: Courtesy “Sustainable Food News”

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By Carol McCracken (Post # 602)

The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) just announced that most of the “certified organic products and operations in China comply with multiple multinational standards, which allows for marketing flexibility,” according to a news alert from “Sustainable Food News.”

China is a small contributor to the global food supply of organic raw foods such as soybeans, herbs, peanuts, tea, ginger and other fruits and vegetables. These ingredients are shipped to the US where they are finally processed. China supplies organic products to Europe, Japan, Korea and Australia.

This determination was made when NOP traveled to China last month. This sampling effort by NOP was part of a pilot program underway to determine the feasibililty of sampling organic products produced domestically and abroad.

China has a growing organic industry.

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