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AnnouncementMarch 22, 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:
  1. Renew eight and remove one material listing on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) scheduled to expire during 2013.
  2. Remove annatto extract color from 205.606.
  3. Add arachidonic (ARA) single-cell oil and docosahexaenoic (DHA) algal oil, both nutrient supplements, to 205.605(a) with restrictions.
  4. Amend the listing for beta-carotene color on 205.606.
  5. Amend the listing for potassium hydroxide on 205.605(b).
  6. Amend the listing for silicon dioxide on 205.605(b).
  7. Amend the listing for chlorine materials on 205.605(b).
  8. Strengthen animal welfare requirements in organic livestock production.
  9. Evaluate material review organizations against specific parameters.
  10. Develop baseline qualification criteria for organic inspectors.
  11. Publish guidance on unannounced inspections of certified organic operations.
  12. Amending the NOSB Policy and Procedures Manual  

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About the NOSB

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-accredited 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.


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