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Read CCOF’s 2020 Spring NOSB Comments

by Peter Nell |

Earlier this month the National Organic Program (NOP) announced that the upcoming National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting will be held remotely. The board will hold their meeting starting on Wednesday, April 29 and concluding on Thursday, April 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To tune in, register online

NOSB meetings are biannual, held in the spring and fall, to provide recommendations on substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) and the organic standards. At the spring meeting, NOSB begins their yearly Sunset Review process for substances on the National List. In the fall the board will vote whether to continue to allow or to prohibit substances it reviewed. NOSB also will discuss several other topics, ranging from biodegradable biobased mulch to research priorities.

CCOF submitted five written comments covering the majority of the NOSB agenda:

— 2022 Sunset Reviews

            o Crop scope substances

            o Handling scope substances

            o Livestock scope substances

Crops Subcommittee

            o Paper-based Crop Planting Aids – Petitioned 

            o Wild, Native Fish for Liquid Fish Products discussion document

            o Biodegradable Biobased Mulch Film discussion document

Handling Subcommittee

            o Reclassification of L-Malic Acid discussion document

            o Review of the Ion Exchange Process discussion document

            o Fish Oil Annotation Change discussion document

For more information about NOSB and our comments, please contact