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Summary of Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops and Processing)

Posted: May 3, 2012

The National Organic Program has recently published a final rule: Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops and Processing). A brief summary of the final rule is included below.

Kyla Smith, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, pco@paorganic.org

This rule change will be effective on March 15, 2012.
 
Amendments affecting Crops operations:
 
•      Added to §205.601(o) as production aids:
o   Microcrystalline cheesewax (CAS #’s 64742-42-3, 8009-03-08, and 8002-74-2) -- for use in log grown mushroom production. Must be made without either ethylene-propylene co-polymer or synthetic colors.
 
Amendments affecting Processing/Handling operations:
 
•      Added to §205.605(b):
o   Acidified Sodium Chlorite -- Secondary direct antimicrobial food treatment and indirect food contact surface sanitizing. Acidified with citric acid only.
 
•      Removed from §205.605(b):
o   Lecithin -- bleached
 
•      Added to §205.606:
o   Lecithin -- de-oiled
o   Orange pulp, dried
o   Seaweed, Pacific kombu