To certify an organic product, an accredited agent for the intended market must inspect each producer or manufacturer for compliance with that market’s standards. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) has established a set of national standards that “organic” food must meet, whether it is grown in the United States or imported from abroad. Thus, a Brazilian farmer seeking to export his organic produce to the United States must obtain certification through one of the 95 Accredited Certifying Agents (“ACAs”) recognized by the USDA.
Kornacki, Blase. "Safeguarding Organic Food: The Need for International Certification Standards." Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Spring 2006, 29.