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AnnouncementFebruary 5, 2013


The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce proposed amendments to the crops and processing sections of the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.  

National List Proposed Amendments

The NOP is requesting public comments on the following proposed changes to the National List:

  • Potassium hydroxide
    Would be allowed for peeling any processed peaches, rather than limited to peaches that are Individually Quick Frozen.  
  • Silicon dioxide
    Would be prohibited except (1) if used as a defoamer or (2) if organic rice hulls are not commercially available in the appropriate form, quality or quantity to replace its use.
  • Beta-carotene extract color
    Would be allowed from algae sources if organic beta-carotene is not commercially available. 
  • Annatto extract color
    Would be required to be sourced from organic annatto only.
  • Peracetic acid
    Would be allowed in hydrogen peroxide formulations and as currently allowed.    

View Proposed Rule

Submit Public Comments 
Deadline: March 7
, 2013 

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