After more than a year of deliberation and review, the USDA has withdrawn the Organic Rule proposal. The rule was designed to formerly define the meaning of organic regarding poultry and livestock products and lessen confusion in the U.S. marketplace.
The USDA announced Monday, March 12, in a press release that the withdrawal, which will become effective in two months, that the decision came after careful review and two rounds of public comment. The agency determined that the rule would exceed the department’s current authority and the changes could have negative effects on the National Organic Program. The rule may also harm the consumers, reflecting the price increases onto the market.
The continual growth of the organic industry proves to the government agency that the current rules regulating the products is acceptable to a majority of the public, stated a USDA spokesperson.
The withdraw comes as little surprise to producers as the USDA under the Trump administration has been debating the rule just months since it was proposed by the USDA under the Obama administration. The rule was first delayed for review which resulted in the USDA being sued by the Organic Trade Association for not creating adequate guidelines for producers regarding the term organic.