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USDA/AMS RIN: 0581-AD20 Publication ID: Fall 2013 
Title: National Organic Program, Organic Pet Food Standards 
Abstract: The National Organic Program (NOP) is establishing national standards governing the marketing of organically produced agricultural products. In 2004, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) initiated the development of organic pet food standards, which had not been incorporated into the NOP regulations, by forming a task force which included pet food manufacturers, organic consultants, etc. Collectively, these experts drafted organic pet food standards consistent with the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, Food and Drug Administration requirements, and the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Model Regulations for Pet and Specialty Pet Food. The AAFCO regulations are scientifically-based regulations for voluntary adoption by State jurisdictions to ensure the safety, quality and effectiveness of feed. In November 2008, the NOSB approved a final recommendation for organic pet food standards incorporating the provisions drafted by the pet food task force. 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 205   
Legal Authority: 7 USC 6501   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/00/2014 
Final Action  09/00/2015 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Melissa Bailey
Associate Deputy Administrator, Specialty Crops Program
Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Marketing Service
14th & Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 720-6394