In May of this year, Dale T. Read, President of the Specialty Sleep Association (SSA), and Barry Cik, Owner of Naturepedic and an SSA Board members, along with members of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) met with two federal government agencies ..the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) and the Federal Trade Commission ( FTC and authors / enforcers of the "Green" Guides) to discuss details of which agency would enforce "organic" marketing claims for "fiber-based" or finished textile product (as opposed to agric-products / components covered by NOP) including mattresses and bedding. The goal of the meeting was to move in the direction of one of the agencies becoming the agency responsible for finished product "organic" marketing claims.
Russell Bienenstock -- July/August Furniture World Magazine
Where do you stand on organic? Your answer will likely be determined by whether your status is a major bedding retailer, an independent, or a niche player.