Last Updated: 11-16-16, 9:36 a.m. CT
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
9:36 a.m. CT: The NOP’s McEvoy complains to the NOSB that FOIA expenses are increasingly time consuming and take away from core activities.
[Cornucopia has been forced to file lawsuits to obtain public information from the NOP. Some of Cornucopia’s Freedom of Information Act requests (FOIA) are more than 4 years old. The NOP should operate in a more transparent fashion and be more forthcoming with documents the public has a right to. This would shed light on decision making and enforcement activities.]
9:33 a.m. CT: As part of his report to the NOSB, Miles McEvoy says “The NOP is responsible for the integrity of 80 certifying agents worldwide, 31,000 certified operations over 120 countries, over $43 billion in U.S. Organic sales (2015).” The NOP is starting to post enforcement documents on the AMS website. Notable enforcement actions include the case against Yorgo Foods Inc, selling organic produce without a certificate and Saul Farms, selling conventional alfalfa as organic.
[Cornucopia has for years been seeking more information on enforcement actions, as few details have been shared with the public.]
9:19 a.m. ET: Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program (NOP) announces five new appointees to the National Organic Standards Board. The appointees will serve five-year terms.
The appointees are:
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