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AnnouncementNovember 23, 2011

On November 15, 2011, the NOP sent a memo to the NOSB requesting clarification of "other ingredients" in processed organic products. Since the memo was released, we have received some questions about the wording of the request, particularly related to how "other ingredients" should be covered in the Board's recommendation. 
As a result of these questions, we are reissuing a revised memo to the NOSB.  This revision does not change the intent or substance of the letter; it simply rephrases the NOP request in light of the questions received.  We appreciate the feedback that helped lead to this greater clarity, and thank you for your support.  
Disclosure of Information Instructions
Earlier this year, the NOP published instructions on the disclosure of information regarding USDA organic operations. We received several questions on this document and have published a revised version to clarify our intent.

About the National Organic Standards Board
The 15-member National Organic Standards Board is made up of organic farmers and growers, handlers and processors, retailers, environmentalists and conservationists, consumer and public interest advocates, a scientist, and a USDA-accreditated certifying agent. The NOSB advises the Secretary of Agriculture on allowed and prohibited substances in organic production and handling and other issues related to the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act. 
About the National Organic Program (NOP)

The NOP facilitates trade and ensures integrity of organic agricultural products by consistently implementing organic standards and enforcing compliance with the regulations throughout the world. Learn more.

About the NOP Organic Insider

The NOP Organic Insider is intended to inform the organic community on a wide range of NOP functions, including organic standards, accreditation and international activities, compliance and enforcement, the National Organic Standards Board, training events, and the Cost Share program.


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