NOP Responds to Spring 2017 NOSB Recommendations

The National Organic Program (NOP) has issued a memorandum in response to the National Organic Standards Board’s (NOSB) recommendations made at its spring 2017 meeting. 
At their spring 2017 meeting in Denver, NOSB, the 15-member federal advisory committee that provides advice to USDA and the Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, recommended that L-Methionine, an essential amino acid, be added to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). The National List includes allowed and prohibited synthetic, non-synthetic, and non-organic substances. 
NOP responded to the recommendation stating that they will review the recommendation to add L-Methionine to the National List. 
L-Methionine was petitioned to be added to the National List by an organic formula, electrolyte beverage, and supplemental nutrition beverage manufacturer. In their petition, L-Methionine was described as essential for soy-based enteral products to meet the nutritional requirements for protein. Without it, soy-based formulas would have insufficient protein levels. NOSB accepted the petition and recommended it be added to the National List with the annotation “for use in nutritionally complete pediatric enteral formulas based on soy protein” under section 205.605 (b) of the organic standards.
NOSB also discussed a petition to add short DNA tracers to the National List. NOSB voted to classify short DNA tracers are nonagricultural substances and recommended that they not be added to the National List. NOP did not issue a response on short DNA tracers. For more information, please contact CCOF’s policy department