US Amends National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances

This proposed rule would amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) provisions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) organic regulations to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

This rule proposes to change the use restrictions for seventeen substances allowed for organic production or handling on the National List: Micronutrients; chlorhexidine; parasiticides; fenbendazole; moxidectin; xylazine; lidocaine ; procaine ; methionine; excipients; alginic acid; flavors; Carnauba wax; chlorine; cellulose; colors; and, glycerin.

This rule also proposes to add sixteen new substances on the National List to be allowed in organic production or handling: hypochlorous acid; magnesium oxide; squid byproducts;  activated charcoal; calcium borogluconate; calcium propionate; injectable vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes; kaolin pectin; mineral oil ; propylene glicol; acidified sodium; zinc sulphate ; potassium lactate; and, sodium lactate.

In addition, this proposed rule would list the botanical pesticide, rotenone , as a prohibited substance in organic crop production. Finally, this proposed rule would remove Ivermectin as an allowed parasiticide for use in organic livestock production.


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