USDA National Organic Program (NOP) Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops, Livestock and Handling)

USDA published a final rule amending the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances for crops, livestock and processing. These 35 changes reflect National Organic Standards Board recommendations and the organic sector's needs for additional tools or information to manage their agricultural or processing operations in compliance with the USDA organic regulations. The final rule successfully resolves many outstanding NOSB recommendations.

This rule changes the use restrictions for seventeen substances allowed for organic production or handling on the National List. This rule also adds sixteen new substances on the National List to be allowed in organic production or handling. In addition, this final rule lists the botanical pesticide, rotenone, as a prohibited substance in organic crop production. This final rule removes ivermectin as an allowed parasiticide for use in organic livestock production and amends our regulations to allow the use of parasiticides in fiber bearing animals. Finally, this rule inserts corrections of instructions and  regulation text as listed in the proposed rule.

Implementation Dates: This rule will be fully implemented January 28, 2019, except that the amendments for the substances ivermectin, flavors, cellulose, and glycerin will be implemented December 27, 2019.

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