Withdrawal of Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule

Withdrawal of Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule

Withdrawal of Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule

USDA has announced the decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule published on January 19, 2017. The rule would have increased federal regulation of livestock and poultry for certified organic producers and handlers. The withdrawal becomes effective May 13, 2018.

Significant policy and legal issues were identified after the rule published in January 2017. After careful review and two rounds of public comment, USDA has determined that the rule exceeds the Department’s statutory authority, and that the changes to the existing organic regulations could have a negative effect on voluntary participation in the National Organic Program, including real costs for producers and consumers.

The existing organic livestock and poultry regulations published at 7 CFR part 205 and the National Organic Program (NOP) Handbook remain effective and will continue to be enforced by the National Organic Program.