Commenting Deadlines Approaching for NOSB St. Paul Meeting

The deadlines to submit public comments and register for oral comments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) at their fall meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota are approaching! It is critical that members of the organic community submit public comments on the substances up for re-listing or removal from the National List of Allowed & Prohibited Substances and the other NOSB agenda items.

Click here to read NOSB's meeting materials (discussion documents, petitions, proposals, and Sunset Reviews).

Crop scope substances:
  • Alcohols: ethanol, isopropanol
  • Sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate
  • Newspaper or other recycled paper
  • Plastic mulch and covers
  • Aqueous potassium silicate
  • Elemental sulfur
  • Lime sulfur
  • Sucrose octanoate esters
  • Hydrated lime
  • Liquid fish products
  • Sulfurous acid
  • Ethylene
  • Microcrystalline cheesewax
  • Potassium chloride
Handling scope substances:
  • Calcium carbonate
  • Flavors
  • Gellan gum
  • Oxygen
  • Potassium chloride
  • Alginates
  • Calcium hydroxide
  • Ethylene
  • Glycerides (mono and di)
  • Magnesium stearate
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Potassium carbonate
  • Sulfur dioxide
  • Xanthan gum
  • Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)
  • Gums: Arabic, Carob bean, Guar, Locust bean
  • Lecithin - de-oiled
  • Tragacanth gum
Livestock scope substances:
  • Alcohols: ethanol, isopropanol
  • Aspirin
  • Biologics, vaccines
  • Electrolytes
  • Glycerin
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Lime, hydrated
  • Mineral oil
  • Sucrose octanoate esters

Submit Oral & Written Comments

Written comments are accepted through October 4, 2018 via using docket number AMS-NOP-18-0029-0001.

NOSB will accept oral comments through two webinars on October 16, 2018 and October 18, 2018 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Those interested in the webinar must register before October 4, 2018.

In-person comments will be accepted in St. Paul. Commenters must register before October 4, 2018 to speak to the board.

Stay Engaged with CCOF

CCOF highly encourages all to submit written or oral comments to NOSB and complete OTA’s surveys. CCOF will submit various written comments and will attend the meeting. Please contact me at for questions or for more information.