March 21, 2010

NYT: Spot Tests of Organic Foods

U.S. to Ensure Spot Tests of Organic Foods

The Department of Agriculture will begin enforcing rules on testing organically grown foods for pesticides, after an audit exposed gaps in the National Organic Program.

Spot testing is required by a 1990 law that established the basis for national organic standards, but in a report released on Thursday by the office of Phyllis K. Fong, the inspector general of agriculture, investigators wrote that regulators never made sure the testing was being carried out.
Read more at the New York Times.