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Saturday, August 8, 2009
The U.S. Agriculture Department has ordered an audit of its National Organic Program, saying that external scrutiny is needed to improve the integrity, transparency and reliability of the seven-year-old food program.
The audit will look at whether the program is using strict, internationally recognized standards for accrediting and overseeing its network of nearly 100 private certifiers, which have been granted authority to determine whether foods meet federal organic standards.
The review is scheduled to begin in October and will be performed by the............ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/07/AR2009080703650_pf.html