Proposed rule would take five materials off National List

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to implement the National Organic Standards Board’s (NOSB’s) 2016 Sunset Review recommendations concerning substances on the National List. Comments are due by Feb. 16, 2016. The proposed rule would remove from the National List five non-organic, non-agricultural substances used as ingredients in or on processed products: egg white lysozyme (commonly used in wine making), Cyclohexylamine, Diethylaminoethanol, Octadecylamine (boiler water additives), and tetrasodium pyrophosphate (commonly used in tofu production). After considering public comments and supporting documents, NOSB recommended that the substances are no longer necessary for organic handling. If published as a final rule, the substances would no longer be allowed in organic handling after their sunset date of September 12, 2016. OTA continues to be active in the comment process that influences changes to the National List. If the removal of any of these substances from the National List will impact your business, contact Gwendolyn Wyard.

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