USDA to propose standards for organic seafood raised in US

Author: Associated Press
Published: Updated:

WASHINGTON (AP) – After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don’t expect it in the grocery store anytime soon.

The Agriculture Department says it will propose standards for the farmed organic fish year this year. That means the seafood could be available in as few as two years – but only if USDA moves quickly to complete the rules and seafood companies decide to embrace them.

Some fish farmers are concerned that the new standards will be unworkable because of strict restrictions on feed. And some environmentalists and consumer advocates are concerned they won’t be strict enough.

The European Union and Canada already export organic products to the U.S.

Copyright ©2023 Fort Myers Broadcasting. All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without prior written consent.