U.S.D.A. to renew 165 materials on organic-related list

by Jeff Gelski
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Oct. 21 will publish a final rule that will renew 165 exemptions and prohibitions on the U.S.D.A.’s National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances that deal with organics. The rule will remove three exemptions that previously were authorized in organic agriculture: milk replacers, non-synthetic colors and potassium tartrate made from tartaric acid.

More information can be found in the Oct. 18 Federal Register (Vol. 72, No. 199). The rule was proposed in the March 6 Federal Register (Vol. 72, No. 43).

A finished product qualifies for an organic seal from the U.S.D.A.’s National Organic Program if at least 95% of the product is organic and the remaining non-organic substances appear on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, also known as the National List.

Exemptions and prohibitions are granted on the National List under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. They are required to be reviewed every five years by the National Organics Standards Board. The Secretary of Agriculture has authority under the O.F.P.A. to renew such exemptions and prohibitions. The final rule to be published Oct. 21 will conclude the review on the deadline day for completing the review process.

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