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Organic Seal Requirement Goes Into Effect In Brazil

February 3, 2011: 09:10 AM EST

Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry has implemented a nationwide Organic Brazil Seal to guarantee the quality and origin of organic food. To receive the seal, producers must ensure to certifiers that no synthetic products are used in production, and organic agricultural methods – including green fertilization, crop rotation and environmental preservation – are used exclusively. Certifying companies registered with the Brazilian government will conduct audits to make certain that farming methods comply with organic standards. However, some smaller farmers who sell organic produce in local markets or at roadside stands are exempt from the seal requirement, though they should be associated with organizations registered with the Ministry of Agriculture. Approximately 5,500 organic producers have registered for the seal.

"New seal from Organic Brazil", Fresh Plaza, February 03, 2011, © Fresh Plaza
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