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AnnouncementMarch 28, 2012

In response to recent questions from the organic community, the National Organic Program would like to provide clarification on two topics.

Lecithin: Questions and Answers

On February 14, 2012, the National Organic Program published a Final Rule in the Federal Register that impacted two listings for lecithin on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. Lecithin is currently used in organic processed products as a natural mixing agent (emulsifier) or lubricant.

The questions and answers linked below clarify the types of lecithin allowed in organic processed products, effective March 15, 2012.

Lecithin Questions and Answers 

Clarifying Fraudulent Certificates

The National Organic Program would like to clarify last week's  announcement of two fraudulent organic certificates:

TIRYAKI AGRO GIDA SAN.VE TIC. A.S. is certified by Institute for Marketecology - Switzerland and is not responsible for this fraudulent certificate.

Ningxia Ruby Goji Co., Ltd. is not a certified organic operation and is not responsible for this fraudulent certificate.

The posting of fraudulent certificates does not necessarily mean that the named operator or certifying agent was involved in illegal activity.

If an operation named in a fraudulent certificate is certified, its certifying agent identified in the list of certified operations can provide additional information and verifications to the organic trade.

View Fraudulent Certificates 

View List of Certified Operations   

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