NOSB Releases Meeting Materials Ahead of Seattle Meeting

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Written by Peter Nell on Lunes, Marzo 18, 2019

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) released their meeting materials ahead of their upcoming meeting on April 24-26, 2019, in Seattle, Washington. 

Members of the public are encouraged to submit public comments via using docket number AMS-NOP-18-0071-0001 until April 4, 2019. 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. NOSB will discuss and complete preliminary reviews for each substance in Seattle before voting on the substances at the fall 2019 meeting. 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. More information on the process can be found in NOSB’s Q&A document.

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 min-erals
  • 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 the discussion documents, proposals, and material petitions, including sanitizers and cleaners used in organic production, use of marine materials in crop production, excluded methods, oversight improvements, and more.

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 Seattle. Please contact for questions or for more information.