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AnnouncementMarch 12, 2014


The Agricultural Marketing Service is pleased to share a new policy memo, and provide an update from the Food and Drug Administration.


Aquatic Plant Extracts Policy Memo

Today, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) posted a policy memorandum to clarify the status of aquatic plant extracts under the USDA organic regulations.  It corrects a previous National Organic Program (NOP) interpretation on the allowance of synthetic acids for pH adjustment of aquatic plant extracts for crop production. Products previously approved must be phased out from use no later than March 12, 2015.


Read the Policy Memorandum


FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Update

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a public meeting on April 4, 2014, to discuss the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the produce safety proposed rule and is extending the public scoping period to April 18, 2014.  This meeting will:  


inform the public of the provisions of the proposed rule that may affect the human environment

  • discuss anticipated alternatives they plan to consider in the EIS
  • provide information about the EIS process
  • solicit oral stakeholder and public comments on the scope of the EIS
  • respond to questions about the EIS

 Access more information about this public meeting


Learn more about FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act.  


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