In a Federal Register notice Tuesday, the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) announced the renewal of substance exemptions as listed on its National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.
The National List identifies the synthetic substances that may be used and the non-synthetic (natural) substances that may not be used in organic crop and livestock production. The list also identifies non-organic substances that may be used in or on processed organic products.
The notice reflects the outcome of the 2019 sunset review process and addresses recommendations submitted by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), the 15-member panel of experts recommending policy to the NOP.
All substances on the National List undergo a five-year review process conducted by the NOSB to confirm they continue to meet required criteria.