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NOP Amends National List of Allowed Substances

National Organic Program Amends the National List of Allowed Substances for Handling §206.605(a)(b) & §205.606: Pectin, potassium iodide, yeast, hops, and more.

June 5, 2012

National Organic Program Amends the National List of Allowed Substances for Handling §206.605(a)(b) & §205.606:

The National Organic Program has announced that §206.605(a)(b) & §205.606 will be amended as shown below. The effective dates for the amendments are shown in the right column.

Ingredient Change Effective Date

Pectin (low methoxy)

Pectin (high methoxy)

Removed from 605(b)

606 Annotation changed; Non-amidated forms only.

All forms of pectin allowed. Must have documentation that it is non-amidated and commercial search documentation for organic.
June 27, 2012
Potassium Iodide Remove from 605(b) June 27, 2012
Yeast (Autolysate; Bakers; Brewers; Nutritional; Smoked) New annotation; When used as food or a fermentation agent in products labeled “organic”, yeast must be organic if its end use is for human consumption; nonorganic yeast may be used when organic yeast is not commercially available. Growth on petrochemical substrate and sulfite waste liquor is prohibited. For smoked yeast, non-synthetic smoke flavoring process must be documented. October 21, 2012

juice extract color; Beta-carotene extract color; Black currant juice color, Black/purple carrot juice color; Blueberry juice color; Carrot juice color; Cherry juice color; Chokeberry – Aronia juice color; Elderberry juice color; Grape juice color; Grape skin extract color; Paprika color; Pumpkin juice color; Purple potato juice color; Red cabbage extract color; Red radish extract color; Saffron extract color; Turmeric extract color). CAS numbers are provided in the Renewals with Amendment section.

New annotation; Must not be produced using synthetic solvents and carrier systems or any artificial preservative.

June 27, 2012
Hops Annotation changed; Until January 1, 2013. (Will be removed from 606, all hops will be required to be organic in products labeled as organic.) June 27, 2012


The full Federal Register can be found at:

For questions regarding these changes, please contact Darryl Williams, Oregon Tilth Certified Organic Processing Program Technical Specialist, at 503-566-3027, or

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