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AnnouncementMay 10, 2013

The National Organic Program (NOP) wanted to remind you about the June 3rd deadline for public comments on:

  • Classification of Materials (NOP 5033)    
  • Materials for Organic Crop Production (NOP 5034) 

Additionally, the final recommendations and transcripts from the April 9 - 11 meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) are now available.

Reminder: Classification + Crops Substances

On April 2, the NOP announced draft guidance addressing the classification of materials and materials for organic crop production.  

Your thoughtful review and comments are critical to a comprehensive and consistent policy. 

Classification of Materials

Overview (NOP 5033)

Synthetic/Non-Synthetic Decision Tree
(NOP 5033-1)

Agricultural/Non-Agricultural Decision Tree
(NOP 5033-2)

Materials for Organic Crop Production

Note: The NOP specifically requests feedback on the classification and descriptions provided for the following substances:

  • Bagasse
  • Biochar
  • Corn steep liquor
  • Fatty acids
  • Glycerin
  • Molasses
  • Vegetable protein hydrolysate
  • Vinasse
  • Xanthan gum

Overview (NOP 5034)

Materials for Organic Crop Production
(NOP 5034-1)

Prohibited Materials for Organic Crop Production
(NOP 5034-2)   

Submit Public Comments
Deadline: June 3, 2013 

April 2013 NOSB Meeting Materials

The transcripts and final recommendations from the April 9 -11 NOSB meeting are now available:

Final NOSB Recommendations

Meeting Transcripts  

Other Meeting Materials  

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