USDA Needs Comments by Jan. 17

on Tuesday, 09 January 2018. Posted in News

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule regarding organic animal care and humane practices, citing concerns the rule “may hamper market-driven innovation and impose unnecessary regulatory burdens.” USDA's action goes against organic farmers, businesses, and consumers ready to advance animal welfare standards. Even the Center for Food Safety opposes the reversal, stating consumers already expect humane treatment of animals providing organic poultry and eggs; yet, some producers consider small, cement, fenced areas as outdoor access. USDA will accept written comments until January 17.

Instructions for submitting comments online: http://www.regulations.gov

The full article is at TheHill.com.

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