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AMS Proposes to Amend National List

Monday, January 22, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture by the National Organic Standards Board. Specifically, AMS is proposing to change the use restrictions for 17 substances allowed for organic production or handling, including: micronutrients; chlorhexidine; parasiticides; fenbendazole; moxidectin; xylazine; lidocaine; procaine; methionine; excipients; alginic acid; flavors; carnauba wax; chlorine; cellulose; colors; and glycerin. AMS is also proposing to add sixteen new substances to the National List for use in organic production or handling, including: hypochlorous acid; magnesium oxide; squid byproducts; activated charcoal; calcium borogluconate; calcium propionate; injectable vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes; kaolin pectin; mineral oil; propylene glycol; acidified sodium chlorite; zinc sulfate; potassium lactate; and sodium lactate. In addition, the proposed rule would list the botanical pesticide, rotenone, as a prohibited substance in organic crop production and would remove ivermectin as an allowed parasiticide for use in organic livestock production. Public comments on the proposed changes will be accepted through March 19, 2018.


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