U.S.D.A. requests comments on interim organic rule

by Jeff Gelski
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WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Agriculture will receive comments until Aug. 27 on an interim final rule designed to allow 38 more substances to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances in the U.S.D.A.’s National Organic Program. The request for comments appeared June 27 in the Federal Register (Vo. 71, No. 123).

The 38 substances are non-organic, agricultural ingredients that may be considered for use in an organic processed product. These non-organic substances cannot comprise more than 5% of the organic processed product and the organic forms of the non-organic substances must be sourced first and confirmed unavailable.

Comments should be mailed to Robert Pooler, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, National Organic Program, USDA/AMS/TMP/NOP, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 4008-So., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, D.C. 20250. Written comments on this interim final rule should be identified with the docket number AMS-TM-07-0062.

Comments may be given through the Internet at the www.regulations.gov web site. Comments will be available for viewing at the same web site.

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