The Wait is Over: USDA Withdraws the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule

By Riëtte van Laack — On March 12, 2018, the USDA announced its decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule that was published on January 19, 2017. As previously discussed, the OLPP was essentially an animal welfare rule, establishing minimum indoor and outdoor space requirements for chickens based on the type of production and the stage of life, and adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter. The OLPP would have increased federal regulation of livestock and poultry for certified organic producers and handlers. However, because the final rule was published shortly before the inauguration of President Trump and had an effective date of March 20, 2017, it was subject to a regulatory freeze to allow review by the new administration. USDA delayed the effective date of the rule several times, and on December 18, 2017 (as previously reported), issued a proposal to withdraw the OLPP rule. In its withdrawal…

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