The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Service has issued a proposed rule that would amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to reflect the recommendations of the National Organic Program Board (NOPB). The National List “identifies the synthetic substances that may be used and the nonsynthetic (natural) substances that may not be used in organic production,” as well as identifying “synthetic, nonsynthetic nonagricultural and nonorganic agricultural substances that may be used in organic handling.” The proposed rule would alter the National List to “amend the annotation for one exempted material (tetracycline) and add one substance (sulfurous acid) for use in organic crop production.” AMS will accept comments on the proposed rule until March 15, 2010. See Federal Register, January 12, 2009.

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