USDA has proposed a rule eliminating 11 substances from the National List for use in organic production and handling. The removals pertain to the 2017 sunset review of substances and utilize recommendations submitted by the National Organic Standards Board. The agency will accept public comment for 60 days.

This National List identifies the synthetic substances that may be used and the nonsynthetic substances that may not be used in organic production. The National List also identifies synthetic, nonsynthetic nonagricultural, and nonorganic agricultural substances that may be used in organic handling. The NOSB’s review of existing exemptions and prohibitions includes evidence that demonstrates whether the substance is: (a) harmful to human health or the environment; (b) no longer necessary for organic production due to the availability of alternative wholly nonsynthetic substitute products or practices; or (c) inconsistent with organic farming and handling practices. Full Notice

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