NOP responds to NOSB’s October recommendations

USDAUSDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) has posted a response to NOSB’s October 2015 Recommendations giving background and NOP’s plans for moving forward. In summary, NOP accepted all of the recommendations made at the fall 2015 meeting including NOSB’s completed 2017 Sunset Review. This includes moving forward with a proposed rule for the removal of 11 inputs/ingredients from the National List and a public notice to renew the other 187 substances. Also, NOP has reviewed NOSB’s recommendation to require organic flavors when they are commercially available, and plans to move forward with a proposed rule for public comment. NOSB’s recommendation on natural flavors was the result of a petition OTA submitted to NOSB in November 2014. OTA is pleased to see great efforts being made to develop and use organic and natural alternatives, and we continue to be committed to supporting continued progress. Contact  Gwendolyn Wyard if you have questions.

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