CCOF to Present Testimony to National Organic Standards Board in St. Louis, MO

The fall 2016 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting will be held November 16-18 in St. Louis, Missouri. This biannual meeting impacts which materials producers can use in organic production. After reviewing public comment and hearing testimony at the meeting, NOSB will make recommendations on standards and materials to the National Organic Program (NOP).

The agenda for the fall NOSB meeting includes the review of a diverse set of materials, including carrageenan used in organic processing and copper sulfate used in organic rice production. NOSB will also discuss numerous other proposals, including proposals on standards for container-based production systems. Refer to the Organic Trade Association’s fall 2016 NOSB meeting guide for in-depth information on the agenda items.

CCOF Certification Services President Jake Lewin and CCOF Policy Director Kelly Damewood will attend the meeting in St. Louis to share expertise on organic standards and materials.

In preparation for the meeting, CCOF submitted comments on important materials up for review, as well as proposals published by NOSB.

The public is welcome to attend the NOSB meeting in St. Louis. The NOSB website provides information on meeting times and locations.