NOSB Releases Meeting Materials Ahead of Pittsburgh Meeting

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Written by Peter Nell on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) released their meeting materials ahead of their upcoming meeting on October 23-25, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Members of the public are encouraged to submit public comments via using docket number AMS-NOP-19-0038 until October 3, 2019. Additionally, oral comments will be accepted in-person and through pre-meeting webinars.

NOSB reviews all substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) every five years to determine their status in organic production. NOSB discussed the substances at their spring 2019 meeting in Seattle, Washington, and completed preliminary reviews for each. Members of the board will use that information and comments provided by the organic community to vote on relisting the materials or removing them from the National List. Get more information on the process.

NOSB will vote on the following substances:

Crop scope substances:

  • Ash from manure burning
  • Ferric phosphate
  • Hydrogen chloride
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Magnesium sulfate
  • Oils, horticultural (Narrow range oils)
  • Pheromones
  • Potassium bicarbonate
  • Soaps, ammonium
  • Sodium floaluminate

Handling scope substances:

  • Activated charcoal
  • Alginic acid
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Calcium chloride
  • Calcium citrate
  • Celery powder
  • Citric acid
  • Dairy cultures
  • Enzymes
  • Ferrous sulfate
  • Fish oil
  • Gelatin
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Lactic acid
  • L-Malic acid
  • Magnesium sulfate
  • Microorganisms
  • Nutrient vitamins and minerals
  • Orange pulp, dried
  • Peracetic acid
  • Perlite
  • Potassium citrate
  • Potassium iodide
  • Potassium phosphate
  • Seaweed, Pacific kombu
  • Seaweed, Wakame (Undaria pinnatifida)
  • Sodium acid pyrophosphate
  • Sodium citrate
  • Tocopherols
  • Yeast

Livestock scope substances:

  • Fenbendazole
  • Moxidectin
  • Atropine
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Iodine
  • Magnesium sulfate
  • Methionine
  • Peracetic acid
  • Trace minerals
  • Vitamins
  • Xylazine

In addition, NOSB will consider discussion documents, proposals, and material petitions, including paper planting aids, genetic integrity of seed, marine materials used in organic crop production, use of excluded method vaccines in organic livestock production, and more.

CCOF highly encourages all to submit written or oral comments to NOSB. CCOF will submit written and oral comments and will attend the meeting in Pittsburgh. Please contact me at with questions or for more information.