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OTA member feedback sought on production inputs

Over the next two years, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will review the large majority of crop, livestock, and handling inputs currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. These production and handling inputs will be reviewed by NOSB based on their “Sunset” review timelines (October of 2015, 2016 or 2017), and may not be renewed if new […]

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OTA member feedback sought on inputs

Over the course of the next two years, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will review the large majority of crop, livestock, and handling inputs currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. These production inputs will be reviewed by NOSB based on their Sunset timelines (October of 2015, 2016 or 2017), and may not be renewed […]

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Book your NOSB hotel now!

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting will take place October 27-30 in Louisville, KY, at the Galt House Hotel. We have received word that hotel rooms are limited due to several conferences and events taking place that week. There is a block of NOSB rooms held at the meeting hotel for a very good price, and there is still […]

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Sunset Review and Removal Process Fact Sheet

Last September, USDA published a Federal Register notice that revised the sunset process. There are now two public comment opportunities before the NOSB completes its sunset review of each substance. Any change to the National List, either through a petition or through sunset, must be supported by a 2/3 majority of the NOSB (a “decisive […]

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OTA attends spring NOSB meeting

The spring National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting took place last week in San Antonio, TX. OTA staff in attendance included OTA’s CEO/Executive Director Laura Batcha, Gwendolyn Wyard (OTA’s Regulatory Director, Organic Standards & Food Safety), and Nate Lewis (OTA’s Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist). The meeting agenda, recommendations and OTA’s final comments are included on OTA’s NOSB […]

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USDA NOP provides updates at the spring NOSB meeting

At NOSB’s meeting, Miles McEvoy, National Organic Program Deputy Administrator, covered numerous topics in his Introductory Remarks: NOSB assessment conducted by the Meridian Institute; NOSB under the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FAC); and NOSB procedures and operating guidelines. The presentation can be viewed online. Deputy McEvoy also provided an […]

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Final Guidance for “Made with Organic***” Products

The National Organic Program (NOP) announced last week the availability of Final Guidance (NOP 5032) outlining requirements for products in the “Made with Organic ***” labeling category. Specifically, it clarifies composition requirements, compliant labeling claims, use of organic and non-organic forms of the same ingredient, and organic percentage statements. This guidance implements National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) recommendations […]

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Follow @OrganicTrade for NOSB updates

The spring National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting is currently under way through Friday in San Antonio, TX. The meeting agenda, recommendations and OTA’s final comments are included on OTA’s NOSB Report page. OTA is again providing live coverage of the NOSB meeting via Twitter. If you haven’t done so, sign up for a Twitter account and follow OTA to […]

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NOP supports guidance on GMO contamination prevention

Consistent with OTA’s comments on seed purity being presented at NOSB’s meeting this week, the NOSB Materials Subcommittee has submitted a work plan request to develop prevention guidance for keeping genetically modified organisms (GMOs) out of organic agriculture. The National Organic Program (NOP) announced yesterday that it supports this action, and would like NOSB to […]

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USDA releases assessment of NOP-NOSB interactions

Also in time for this week’s National Organic Standards Board meeting, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has publicly shared the results of an independent assessment studying the relationship and interactions between the NOSB and the National Organic Program (NOP). USDA noted that the assessment, conducted by the Meridian Institute, reaffirms that collaboration and public engagement remain […]

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