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Is organic automatically free of GMOs?

National Organic Program rules specify that genetic engineering (GE) is prohibited for products that claim Organic on food labels. In fact, USDA organic regulations require that farmers and processors show they do not use GE seeds or ingredients and they are protecting their products from cross-contact with these substances.

USDA’s National Organic Program certification takes extra care to ensure that production standards and manufacturing practices are followed.

Provided all aspects of the organic product and handling process are followed correctly, the product’s status is Organic – even if there is an inadvertent presence of GE material. There, however, is no tolerance level for the inadvertent presence of a GE seed or ingredient. If such material is detected, the certifying agency is responsible for working with the organic producer to identify the source and implement steps to avoid future contact.

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