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CCOF’s Spring 2019 NOSB Comments

by Peter Nell |

CCOF submitted 12 written comments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) ahead of their spring 2019 meeting in Seattle, Washington. The meeting will occur April 24-26, 2019. 

NOSB is the federal advisory committee to the National Organic Program and meets twice per year to provide recommendations on substances and standards. At their spring meeting, the board will start the 2021 Sunset Review process and will complete reviews of substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. In the fall, NOSB will vote to relist or remove substances from the National List. NOSB will also vote and discuss other items.

The NOSB discussion documents, proposals, and Sunset Review documents are available online.

CCOF submitted the following written comments to NOSB:

  • 2021 Sunset Reviews

            o Crops 2021 Sunset Reviews

            o Handling 2021 Sunset Reviews

            o Livestock 2021 Sunset Reviews

  • Compliance, Accreditation, and Certification Subcommittee

            o “Oversight improvements to deter fraud” – discussion document

  • Crops Subcommittee

            o “Strengthening the organic seed guidance April 2019” – proposal

            o “Paper (plant pots and other crop production aids) – petitioned” – discussion document 

  • Handling Subcommittee

            o “Pullulan – petitioned” – proposal

  • Livestock Subcommittee

            o “Use of excluded method vaccines in organic livestock production” – discussion document

  • Materials Subcommittee 

            o “Excluded methods determinations April 2019” – proposal

            o “Genetic integrity transparency of seed grown on organic land” – discussion document

            o “Marine materials in organic crop production” – discussion document

            o “Assessing cleaning and sanitation materials used in organic crop, livestock, and handling” – discussion document

For more information about NOSB or our comments, please contact