NOSB Releases Meeting Materials Ahead of Spring 2020 Meeting

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The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) released their meeting materials ahead of their upcoming meeting on April 29 – May 1, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. 
Members of the public are encouraged to submit public comments via using docket number AMS-NOP-19-0095 until April 3, 2020. Additionally, oral comments will be accepted in-person and through pre-meeting webinars.
NOSB reviews all substances on the National List every five years to determine their status in organic production. Members of the board will use comments provided by the organic community to review and vote on relisting the materials or removing them from the National List. More information on the process can be found here.
NOSB will review on the following substances:
Crop scope substances:
  • Soap-based algicide/demossers
  • Ammonium carbonate
  • Soaps, insecticidal
  • Vitamin D3
  • Aquatic plant extracts
  • Lignin sulfonate
  • Sodium silicate
  • EPA List 4 – Inerts of Minimal Concern
  • Arsenic (prohibited)
  • Strychnine (prohibited)
Handling scope substances:
  • Kaolin
  • Sodium bicarbonate
  • Waxes (wood resin)
  • Ammonium bicarbonate
  • Ammonium carbonate
  • Calcium phosphates: monobasic, dibasic, tribasic
  • Ozone
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Carnauba wax
  • Colors
  • Glycerin
  • Inulin-oligofructose enriched
  • Kelp
  • Orange shellac – unbleached
  • Starches: cornstarch (native)
  • Starches: sweet potato starch for bean thread production only
  • Turkish bay leaves
  • Whey protein concentrate
Livestock scope substances:
  • Butorphanol
  • Flunixin
  • Magnesium hydroxide
  • Poloxalene
  • Formic acid
  • EPA List 4 – Inerts of Minimal Concern
  • Excipients
  • Strychnine (prohibited)
In addition, NOSB will consider the discussion documents, proposals, and material petitions, including new substances to be added to the National List and other topics.
CCOF highly encourages all to submit written or oral comments to NOSB. CCOF will submit various written and oral comments and will attend the meeting in Virginia. Please contact me at for questions or for more information.