Changes Proposed for National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances

USDA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, which identifies the synthetic substances allowed and the natural substances prohibited in organic farming. The proposed changes are based on October 2020 and April 2021 recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board. This proposed rule would allow paper pots for use as a planting aid in organic crop production; allow low-acyl gellan gum for use as a thickener, gelling agent, or stabilizer in organic food processing; and correct a spelling error on the National List to change “wood resin” to “wood rosin.” USDA welcomes comments on the proposed amendments. The 62-day comment period will close on April 4, 2022.