Deadlines Approaching for NOSB Tucson

The deadlines to submit public comments and register for oral comments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) at their fall meeting in Tucson 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. 
Crop Scope Substances
  • Alcohols: ethanol, isopropanol
  • Sodium carbonate peroxyhdrate 
  • 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 April 4, 2018 via using docket number AMS-NOP-17-0057-0001
NOSB will accept oral comments through two webinars on April 17, 2018 and April 19, 2018 from 1:00–4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Those interested in the webinar must register before April 4, 2018
In-person comments will be accepted in Tucson on April 25, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Commenters must register before April 4, 2018 to speak to the board.
Complete the OTA Sunset Surveys 
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is compiling data for each substance up for Sunset Review through quick surveys. The information received in the surveys will help shape OTA’s public comments and will be submitted to NOSB. 
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.