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The following organic policy issues are open for public comment. Organic Trade Association members should lean on our regulatory staff for assistance in submitting comments, providing feedback to OTA for inclusion in our final comments, and with any issue-specific questions or concerns. 


Comment on proposal to amend National List

The National Organic Program (NOP) has published a proposed rule to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances affecting crop producers and processing operations. This is in response to recommendations submitted by the National Organic Standards Board following its spring 2018 meeting. Concerning crop production, the rule proposes to allow elemental sulfur as a molluscicide bait to control slugs and snails, and polyoxin D zinc salt to control fungal diseases. For processing, it would reclassify magnesium chloride from an allowed synthetic to an allowed non-synthetic. As a result, only non-synthetic forms would be allowed. NOP is accepting public comments on these changes until April 16. Comments can be submitted online. Please share your questions, comments or feedback on these proposals with the Organic Trade Association’s Farm Policy Director Johanna Mirenda to help shape our comments.


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