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NOP Responds to December 2011 NOSB Recommendations

The National Organic Program published a memo in response to the recommendations made at the December 2011 business meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

March 21, 2012

The National Organic Program published a memo in response to the recommendations made at the December 2011 business meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The NOSB made the following recommendations:

  • Renew eight and remove one material listing on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) scheduled to expire during 2013.
  • Remove annatto extract color from § 205.606.
  • Add arachidonic (ARA) single-cell oil and docosahexaenoic (DHA) algal oil, both nutrient supplements, to § 205.605(a) with restrictions.
  • Amend the listing for beta-carotene color on § 205.606.
  • Amend the listing for potassium hydroxide on § 205.605(b).
  • Amend the listing for silicon dioxide on § 205.605(b).
  • Amend the listing for chlorine materials on § 205.605(b).
  • Strengthen animal welfare requirements in organic livestock production.
  • Evaluate material review organizations against specific parameters.
  • Develop baseline qualification criteria for organic inspectors.
  • Publish guidance on unannounced inspections of certified organic operations.
  • Amending the NOSB Policy and Procedures Manual 

View the Response (pdf)

 

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