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NOP Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rule Changes

Public comment on proposed rule changes for non-agricultural ingredients listed in, §205.605 and non-organic ingredients listed in §205.606 is now open. The National Organic Program is asking that comments be submitted for proposed changes to Yeast, Pectin, Colors, Potassium Iodide and Hops by February 13, 2012.

Public comment on proposed rule changes for non-agricultural ingredients listed in, §205.605 and non-organic ingredients listed in §205.606 is now open. The National Organic Program is asking that comments be submitted for proposed changes to Yeast, Pectin, Colors, Potassium Iodide and Hops by February 13, 2012. The proposed rule change for Nutrient Vitamin and Minerals are due by March 12, 2012. A summary of these proposed changes is below, the specific change is bolded. Oregon Tilth encourages operations to review the proposed changes and to submit comments to the NOP if the proposed changes affect your organization.

  1. Yeast – Amend current annotation on §205.605 (a) (effective October 21, 2012) - (autolysate; Bakers; Brewers; Nutritional; Smoked) – When used as food or a fermentation agent, yeast must be organic if its end use is for human consumption; non-organic yeast may be used when equivalent 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.
  2. Nutrient Vitamins and Minerals – Remove from §205.605 (b)
  3. Vitamins and Minerals – Add to §205.605 (b) – For food – vitamins and minerals identified as essential in 21 CFR 101.9. For infant formula – vitamins and minerals as required 21 CFR §107.100 or §107.10. - Please note that separate petitions have been submitted for Docosahexanoic Acid (DHA) algal oil, Arachiodonic Acid (ARA) single-cell oil, Taurine (separate petitions for infant formula and pet food), Inositol, Choline (two separate petitions for infant formula and infant food, and all other foods), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Beta-carotene (synthetic form), L-carnitine, Lycopene, Nucleotides, Lutein and LMethionine).
  4. Pectin – Remove from §205.605 (b) (effective on current sunset date, October 21, 2012) and amend annotation in §205.606 (effective October 21, 2012) – non-amidated forms only. This change will mean that organic forms or pectin will need to be used when available and that only non-amidated forms would be allowed as non-organic once it is shown that organic is not available.
  5. Potassium iodide – Remove from §205.605 (b) (effective October 21, 2012)
  6. Colors – Amend annotation on §205.606 (effective June 27, 2012) - Colors derived from agricultural products – must not be produced using synthetic solvents and carrier systems or any artificial preservative.
  7. Hops – Amend annotation on §205.606 (effective June 27, 2012) – Until January 1, 2013. This will remove hops from §205.606 and hops will be required to be organic after this date if used in and “organic” labeled product.

The full Federal Register explaining the changes for Vitamins and Minerals and instructions on submissions can be found at http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5096391

The full Federal Register explaining the recommended removals, and/or annotation changes for nonagricultural ingredients listed in, §205.605 and non-organic agricultural ingredients listed on §205.606, instructions on submissions can be found at http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5096390

For questions regarding these changes please contact Darryl Williams, Oregon Tilth Certified Organic Processing Program Technical Specialist, at 503-566-3027, or darryl (at) tilth (dot) org.

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