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15.22.04.00.htm 15.22.04.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 22 ORGANICALLY PRODUCED COMMODITIES Chapter 04 Production Standards for Organic Animal Products Authority: Agriculture Article, §6-101―6-117 and 10-1402, Annotated Code of Maryland
15.22.04.01.htm 15.22.04.01. 01 Scope.. This chapter provides production standards for producers of certified organic animal products, including meat, dairy, and eggs, pursuant to the Maryland Organic Certification Program.
15.22.04.02.htm 15.22.04.02. 02 Certification.. All animal products marketed or labeled, or both, as organic shall be produced on land or in facilities by organic animal producers certified by the Maryland Department of Agriculture, in accordance with COMAR 15.22.03, or an official organic certifying agent recognized by the Department. Producers of organic animal products seeking certification as organic food producers may apply for certification.
15.22.04.03.htm 15.22.04.03. 03 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) "Approved" means Departmental standards for the production of organic animal products have been met.2) "Aquafarm" means a facility operated as a business, where aquatic animals and plants are produced under controlled conditions for all or part of their life cycle, by the following of accepted cultural practices such as feeding, breeding, sheltering, containing, planting,
15.22.04.04.htm 15.22.04.04. 04 Organic Farm Plan.. A. A certified organic animal producer shall follow COMAR 15.22.02 in the development and the use of a farm plan for producing products under a system of organic management.B. The plan shall address the following:. 1) Feed sources;. 2) Nutrient management;. 3) Animal health;. 4) Animal management;. 5) Animal identification;. 6) Shelter;. 7) Living conditions;. 8) Records;. 9) Disease prevention and treatment; and. 10) Parasite prevention and control..
15.22.04.05.htm 15.22.04.05. 05 Certification Application, Inspection, Use of Logo, and Fees.. Organic animal producers shall follow regulations concerning certification, application, inspection, fees, and use of logo, as required under COMAR 15.22.03. The Department shall follow regulations on initial determination and denial of application, in accordance with COMAR 15.22.03.12.
15.22.04.06.htm 15.22.04.06. 06 Record Keeping.. A. Organic livestock producers shall ear tag or otherwise individually identify organic livestock, with the exception of poultry and aquaculture, which may be identified by flock and school, respectively.B. Organic livestock producers shall maintain the following records from birth or purchase of livestock animals, and for 5 years after the sale of the organic animal products or slaughter of organic livestock:
15.22.04.07.htm 15.22.04.07. 07 Feed.. A. All certified organically produced livestock shall be fed 100 percent certified organic feed and approved feed supplements and additives, as defined in this regulation.B. The following feed supplements and additives are approved for addition to organic feed, and may be from any source, provided the additive or its components are not prohibited under any other chapter of the organic program regulations:1) Amino acids (chelated or nonchelated). 2) Enzymes;.
15.22.04.08.htm 15.22.04.08. 08 Emergency Feed.. When an organic feed shortage results from emergency conditions, such as poor weather, road closures, crop failures due to drought, or area quarantine, the organic livestock producer may feed nonorganic feed to livestock for a limited period, provided:A. The organic feed shortage is temporary and unforeseeable due to conditions beyond the producer's control;B. The organic livestock producer makes every reasonable effort to locate organically certified feed
15.22.04.09.htm 15.22.04.09. 09 Disease and Pest Management.. A. For animals to be considered "organically produced, the organic producer shall implement an organic disease and pest management program. A producer may not use the term "certified organic" unless the producer has an organic disease and pest management program approved by the Department.B. The required organic disease and pest management program shall emphasize prevention, and shall include strategies for disease prevention and treatm
15.22.04.10.htm 15.22.04.10. 10 Living Conditions.. A. An organic livestock producer shall establish and maintain livestock living conditions in a manner that promotes the health and natural behavior of the animal.B. An animal shall be provided access to shade, shelter, exercise areas, fresh air, and direct sunlight suitable to the species, its stage of production, the climate, and the environment.C. A ruminant shall be provided access to pasture.. D. Bedding shall:. 1) Be clean and dry; and.
15.22.04.11.htm 15.22.04.11. 11 Products from Bovine Animals, Swine, Lamb, Sheep, Goats, Rabbits, and Ratites.. Organic meat products produced from bovine animals, swine, lamb, sheep, goats, rabbits, and ratites shall be organically reared and managed:A. From birth to slaughter; or. B. At least the last 90 percent of their lives before slaughter, and preferably from birth to slaughter.
15.22.04.12.htm 15.22.04.12. 12 Poultry and Poultry Products.. Organic poultry products shall meet the following criteria:. A. Birds raised for meat production shall be fed 100 percent certified organic feed from the time the animals are 2 days old;B. Laying hens and fowl shall be acquired or raised, or both, in one of two ways:. 1) Raised on 100 percent certified organic feed from 2-day old chicks; or. 2) Raised from started pullets that are managed nonorganically, provided they are managed organicall
15.22.04.13.htm 15.22.04.13. 13 Aquaculture Products.. Organic aquaculture products shall meet the following criteria:. A. Aquaculture stock shall be fed 100 percent certified organic feed from fingerling size, except that naturally occurring food, such as minnows and brine shrimp, are permitted as feed in combination with certified feed, as specified in the farm plan; andB. The aquafarm shall be managed in accordance with COMAR 15.22.03, and include provisions for record keeping, disease contro
15.22.04.14.htm 15.22.04.14. 14 Dairy Products.. A. The following substances may not be administered to dairy animals managed organically:. 1) Antibiotics, within 90 days before organic milk production; and. 2) Biotech milk enhancers, including BST.. B. Organic animal products produced from dairy animals shall meet the following criteria:. 1) If replacement stock is obtained from organically certified stock and managed in accordance with the organic farm plan, the dairy product is immedi
15.22.04.15.htm 15.22.04.15. 15 Manure Management.. Operators of organic farms shall conform to the Maryland Nutrient Management Program regulations on manure management, as provided in COMAR 15.20.07.
15.22.04.16.htm 15.22.04.16. 16 Regulations Under COMAR 15.22.03 To Be Followed by Organic Animal Producers.. Organic animal producers shall follow regulations, as provided under COMAR 15.22.03, concerning:. A. Revocation or suspension of permit to use Maryland logos;. B. Enforcement and complaint investigation;. C. Hearings and appeals;. D. Violations of regulations; and. E. Public access..
15.22.04.9999.htm 15.22.04.9999. Administrative History Effective date: February 19, 2001 (28:3 Md. R. 206).
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