NOP publishes Sunset 2015 amendments

RemovedThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service has published a final rule removing four substances from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances—two non-organic agricultural substances (marsala wine and sherry wine) and the expired listings of streptomycin and tetracycline. The removal of marsala wine and sherry wine is based upon the National Organic Standards Board’s 2015 Sunset Review. Meanwhile, both streptomycin and tetracycline previously expired from the National List on October 21, 2014, but are only now being removed from the regulations. The Sunset process requires that substances on the National List be reviewed by NOSB and renewed by the Secretary of Agriculture within five years. To learn more about alternative practices to streptomycin and tetracycline to prevent fire blight in organic apple and pear production, check out the Critical Issue Report: Fire Blight Control Program in Organic Fruit on The Organic Center’s website. Contact Gwendolyn Wyard for more information.

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