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The U.S. Department of Agriculture published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). The proposed changes are based on April 2019 recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board.

This action proposes adding:

  • Oxalic acid dihydrate as a pesticide for organic apiculture.
  • Pullulan as an ingredient for products labeled, “Made with organic (specified ingredients or food group(s)).”
  • Collagen gel casing as a nonorganic ingredient allowed when an organic form is not commercially available.

The USDA welcomes comments on the proposed amendments. The 60-day comment period will close on August 7, 2020. Comment here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/06/08/2020-11840/national-organic-program-proposed-amendments-to-the-national-list-of-allowed-and-prohibited

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For applicants who are new or currently under suspension, please see the end of the page for some important notes.

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If you are submitting hardcopies of any supporting documents, please mail them to the address on the invoice. Failure to submit required supporting documents may lead to delays in the review.

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Please contact OCIA International if you have any questions.

New applicants: Please be reminded that as a new applicant, your operation currently cannot label or sell product as organic. If organic certification is granted, an organic certificate will be issued and product can then be sold as organic.

For farm operations, the inspector must see your crop in the field, so check-strips must be left in all fields requested for certification if any harvest occurs prior to inspection. For hay fields, any hay harvested prior to inspection cannot be certified as organic.

For suspended operations: Please be aware that no product can be sold as “organic” while suspended and previous product is no longer “organic.” For farm operations, any crops currently in storage are no longer organic and must be sold conventionally. Only crops harvested after reinstatement, if it is granted, may be sold as “organic.” Any crops harvested from fields prior to reinstatement must be sold conventionally.

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