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From USDA: Proposed Changes to the National List for Organic Livestock and Handling

From USDA: Proposed Changes to the National List for Organic Livestock and Handling

The 60-day public comment period closes on June 29, 2018

On April 27, 2018, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) based on public input and the National Organic Standards Board’s (NOSB) November 2017 recommendations for livestock and handling.

The 60-day public comment period closes on June 29, 2018. Access the proposed rule (click here) for more information on how to submit comments.

More information on how and why substances are added or removed from the National List is available on The National List page of the AMS website.

In general, synthetic substances are prohibited for crop and livestock production unless specifically allowed and non-synthetic substances are allowed for crop and livestock production unless specifically prohibited.

This proposed rule would make two changes to the National List:

  • Allow elemental sulfur in organic livestock production for use as a topical pesticide treatment to repel mites, fleas and ticks from livestock and their living spaces.
  • Reclassify potassium acid tartrate from a nonagricultural substance to an agricultural substance. Potassium acid tartrate is currently listed as a nonorganic ingredient allowed in organic products. Reclassifying potassium acid tartrate as an agricultural substance would require handlers to use the organic form when it is commercially available. If it is not commercially available, handlers would be allowed to use the nonorganic form.
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