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Comment Opportunity: Vitamins and Minerals in Organic Products

The National Organic Program (NOP) is requesting comments on an interim rule addressing the use of vitamins and minerals in organic products. Additionally, the NOP updated NOP 2604: Responsibilities of Certified Operations Changing Certifying Agents.

The National Organic Program (NOP) is requesting comments on an interim rule addressing the use of vitamins and minerals in organic products.    

Additionally, the NOP updated NOP 2604: Responsibilities of Certified Operations Changing Certifying Agents.

Vitamins and Minerals in Organic Products
 

Unless renewed, the current allowance for vitamins and minerals would expire October 21, 2012. Today's interim action allows vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A and D, folic acid, or calcium, to be added to organic foods after October 21.  

Meanwhile, USDA will complete the process of clarifying which additional nutrients may be added to organic products. 

Consistent with an April 2011 NOSB recommendation, this interim action continues the USDA organic regulations' current reference to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) fortification policy.  

Once the USDA completes its evaluation of NOSB recommendations--including those from the October 2012 meeting--and related public comments, it will change the USDA organic regulations accordingly.

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NOP Instruction: Changing Certifying Agents

 

The NOP made minor edits to the following instruction to certifying agents:  

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