NOSB Fall Meeting to Occur in St. Paul, Minnesota

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet for its second annual meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 24-26, 2018. The board will vote to retain or remove 40 substances on the National List of Allowed & Prohibited Substances (National List) and will also vote on proposals and discussion documents. 
The deadline to submit written comments is October 4, 2018. Commenting will open when the meeting materials are released (approximately six weeks before the meeting). The deadline to submit oral comments via webinar or in person in Minnesota is also October 4, 2018. Registration for the oral comments will open when the meeting materials are finalized.
NOSB reviews all substances on the National List every five years to determine their status in organic production. NOSB makes recommendations to remove substances from the National List using the criteria of the substance being harmful to human health or the environment, the substance no longer being necessary due to the availability of a non-synthetic alternative, or the substance’s use being inconsistent with organic farming and handling practices.
NOSB will vote on the following substances:
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
CCOF submitted written comments on the substances during the spring NOSB meeting. Our written comments are available online. CCOF will share the meeting materials, links to submit written comments, and the oral commenting registration when available. 
To provide feedback to CCOF on the substances, please contact the CCOF Policy team.