Taste Hawaii – USDA Organic Rules Update
Today the USDA announced amendments to its National Organic Program rules to allow “the use of four new substances in the production or processing of USDA organic products.”
The four new substances are:
- Microcrystalline cheesewax, used to hold moisture in logs growing organic mushrooms.
- Acidified sodium chlorite, used to sanitize food and food contact surfaces.
- Non-organic dried orange pulp (in multi-ingredient organic products), if organic orange pulp is not available in sufficient quantities.
- Non-organic Pacific kombu seaweed (in multi-ingredient organic products), if organic Pacific kombu seaweed is not available in sufficient quantities.
The new rules were recommended by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB); a citizen advisory board.
The synthetic substances in the list above are in addition to other synthetic substances the USDA has approved for use in organic production and processing.
More information about new rules can be found here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!home (search for keyword NOP-10-0079; NOP-09-02FR).