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NOP Open Public Comments - Speak Your Mind!
NOP Meetings, Announcements, and Misc. Material

SPEAK YOUR MIND - NOP OPEN COMMENTS: All background or corresponding documents can be accessed by clicking on the link at the top of the notice, or by doing a "Search" on the Docket ID number at Regulation.gov. You can sign up to receive National Organic Program alerts directly to your email through this link. Beyond Pesticides encourages citizens to submit comments on upcoming decisions through the Regulation.gov website. For step by step directions for online submissions, see the instruction webpage.

February 5 2013

The NOP is requesting public comments on the following proposed changes to the National List:
Deadline: March 7
, 2013 

  • Potassium hydroxide
    Would be allowed for peeling any processed peaches, rather than limited to peaches that are Individually Quick Frozen.  
  • Silicon dioxide
    Would be prohibited except (1) if used as a defoamer or (2) if organic rice hulls are not commercially available in the appropriate form, quality or quantity to replace its use.
  • Beta-carotene extract color
    Would be allowed from algae sources if organic beta-carotene is not commercially available. 
  • Annatto extract color
    Would be required to be sourced from organic annatto only.
  • Peracetic acid
    Would be allowed in hydrogen peroxide formulations and as currently allowed.    

View Proposed Rule

Submit Public Comments 

January 22 2013

On January 16, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in the Federal Register for public comment two proposed rules:

Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption 
-- Submit Comments to FDA (deadline: 5/16/2013)

Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food 
-- Submit Comments to FDA (deadline: 5/16/2013)

These proposed rules are key components of the preventive approach to food safety established by the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

As a service to the produce industry we are distributing this link to FDA's proposed rules for your information and review.  This invitation to comment is being sent to you as a service only, as the USDA has no formal role in the development or implementation of the proposed rules for the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

The produce industry, other stakeholders and the general public are being asked to participate in the rulemaking process by reviewing the proposed rules and submitting comments to FDA or at the regulations.gov portal by the due date of May 16, 2013.

Your substantive, specific comments with as much detail as you can provide as to what works for you and what doesn't work (and why) will help guide our colleagues at FDA as they draft final rules on produce safety and preventive controls.  The Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption and for Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food will become effective only after the final rules are published in the Federal Register along with established compliance dates.

Should you have questions about FDA's proposed rules on Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption or Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food, or any other FDA-related issue, please contact our FDA colleagues at:     

FSMA@fda.hhs.gov or   

Food and Drug Administration
Attn: FSMA Outreach
5100 Paint Branch Pkwy.
Wiley Building, HFS-009
College Park, MD 20740

NOP MEETINGS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND MISC. MATERIAL

February 1 2013

Cell Fusion in Organic Seed Production Policy Memo

In the scientific literature, cell fusion is defined as the fusing of two cells to form a single cell.

In response to inquiries, the NOP developed a policy addressing when cell fusion is considered an excluded method:

  • Cell fusion techniques involving recombinant DNA technology or different taxonomic families are considered excluded methods. Seeds produced from these techniques are prohibited in organic production.
  • Seeds produced from cell fusion used as part of traditional breeding techniques that do not involve recombinant DNA technology may be used in organic production.

View Policy Memo 13-1
Cell Fusion Techniques Used in Organic Seed Production

December 13 2012

Organic Wine Oversight, Labeling, and Trade

Like all organic products, organic wine must meet all USDA organic requirements. Organic alcoholic beverages must also meet Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) regulations.  

NOP's new wine fact sheet summarizes the requirements for wine:  

 

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