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USDA to withdraw organic livestock rule

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U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say they plan to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule put in place by the Obama Administration.

The National Farmers Union supported the intent of the rule. They say it improves the consistency and integrity of organic livestock practices.

“Currently, there’s too much inconsistency in how organic certifiers apply animal welfare standards to farming and ranching operations. This endangers the label’s integrity and confuses consumers,” NFU Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Rod Larew, says.

The National Pork Producers Council is in favor of the withdrawal. The NPPC raised many concerns about the regulation, including animal and public health concerns.

The group also says animal production practices have nothing to do with the basic concept of “organic.”