The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule that was published in January last year.

Since its publication, the rule has seen increased federal regulation of livestock and poultry for organic producers and handlers.

The department noted that the withdrawal will be effective from 13 May.

After identifying several major legal issues, the officials decided to withdraw the rule.

USDA marketing and regulatory programme undersecretary Greg Ibach said: “The existing robust organic livestock and poultry regulations are effective.

“The organic industry’s continued growth domestically and globally shows that consumers trust the current approach that balances consumer expectations and the needs of organic producers and handlers.”

“The existing robust organic livestock and poultry regulations are effective.”

USDA also identified that the rule exceeded its statutory authority, and believed that by bringing in new changes to the existing organic regulations could create a negative impact on the voluntary participation in the National Organic Programme.

USDA noted that the decision was taken by the department after a thorough study and two rounds of public consultation.

The department said that it has carefully considered public comments, as well as benefits for both producers and consumers of imposing the proposed additional regulations.

According to last year’s USDA reports, the organic operations increased by 7% domestically and 11% globally.

The US Organic Trade Association (OTA) has expressed their concerns over the USDA’s decision to withdraw the OLPP regulation.

OTA condemned the decision and said that the department has irresponsibly removed a fully vetted regulation overwhelmingly supported by the organic industry and the public.