USDA updates list of allowed organic ingredients

November 10, 2007

 Baby step forward…

Manufacturers of organic goods may no longer use certain nonorganic color ingredients or the food additive potassium tartrate, following the publication of a new rule by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The final rule, published in the Federal Register of October 16, amends the USDA’s National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) for production of organic foods and beverages.

Established by the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), the National List identifies substances that are allowed (exempted) or prohibited in organic production and handling.  These exemptions and prohibitions must be reviewed every five years by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

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