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NOP Proposes Renewal of Twelve Substances

The NOP published a proposed rule to renew the listing of 12 substances currently allowed in production and handling of organic foods.

January 4, 2011

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The National Organic Program published a proposed rule to renew the listing of 12 substances which are currently allowed in the production and handling of organic foods.
 
The proposed rule would extend the exemptions for these substances, which have a sunset date of September 12, 2011, on the U.S. Department of Agriculture National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List).
 
These substances include:
 
Organic crop production

  • Hydrogen chloride (CAS # 7647-01-0) for seed preparations. This product is used to eliminate lint from cotton seed, making it possible to mechanize planting.
  • Ferric phosphate (CAS # 10045-86-0) as slug or snail bait.

Organic handling

  • Egg white lysozyme (CAS # 9001-63-2), a natural anti-microbial. The food applications for egg white lysozyme include cheese and wine.
  • L-Malic acid (CAS # 97-67-6). L-Malic acid is often used as a flavor enhancer, flavoring agent and adjuvant, and for pH control agent in a variety of foods.
  • Microorganisms-any food-grade bacteria, fungi, and other microorganism. Microorganisms are essential for the production of many fermented foods.
  • Activated charcoal (CAS #s 7440-44-0; 64365-11-3).
  • Cyclohexylamine (CAS # 108-91-8) for use only as a boiler water additive for packaging sterilization.
  • Diethylaminoethanol (CAS # 100-37-8) for use only as a boiler water additive for packaging sterilization.
  • Octadecylamine (CAS # 124-30-1) for use only as a boiler water additive for packaging sterilization.
  • Peracetic acid/Peroxyacetic acid (CAS # 79-21-0) for use in wash and/or rinse water according to FDA limitations as a sanitizer on food contact surfaces.
  • Sodium acid pyrophosphate (CAS # 7758-16-9) for use only as a leavening agent. Sodium acid pyrophosphate is commonly found in baked goods.
  • Tetrasodium pyrophosphate (CAS # 7722-88-5) for use only in meat analog products.

If substances are not renewed by their sunset date, they are no longer allowed in the production and handling of organic foods.
 
This proposed rule provides a 30-day period for interested persons to comment on the proposed amendments, ending Feb. 3, 2011. Written comments may be submitted online at www.regulations.gov (search for docket ID AMS_FRDOC_0001) or by mail to Toni Strother, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, National Organic Program, USDA-AMS-NOP, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 2646-So., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC  20250.For further information, contact Melissa Bailey, Ph.D., Director, Standards Division via telephone at (202) 720-3252 or via fax at (202) 205-7808.

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