April 22, 2021
USDA National Organic Program (NOP) certification and a lawsuit by the Organic Soybean Processors of America may disrupt the organic soybean meal supply. Organic soybean meal is a critical nutrition component for all organic animal feeds, with no alternative available. An estimated 60% of the organic soybean meal utilized in the United States is imported from India. Issues impacting organic soybean meal from India to the United States have the potential to affect many organic production animal producers in the United States.
First, USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) and its Indian equivalent have taken a series of actions that resulted in many Indian organic soybean producers requiring new certifiers.
NOP recently held a webinar on this topic and a link to the webinar slides and additional details are available on the USDA International Trade Policies webpage for India.
The second development is a case filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce by the Organic Soybean Processors of America and others.
Additional details can be found on the ITC website.
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