NOP Changes to Allowed and Prohibited Materials in Organic Processing and Handling

NOP Changes to Allowed and Prohibited Materials in Organic Processing and Handling

Some changes have been made to the Organic Standards including the materials and non-organic ingredients allowed for use in organic handling/processing. The following updates to the Organic Standards will be fully implemented on January 28, 2019, except that the amendments for flavors, cellulose, and glycerin will be implemented December 27, 2019. The rule also suggests that the amendment for carnauba wax will be implemented on December 27, 2019.

Flavors will be restricted so that organic flavors are required when commercially available. This change to 205.605(a) applies to Organic and Made with Organic products. Handlers using non-organic natural flavors will need to submit additional documentation demonstrating that the flavor is not available in organic form, or they will need to switch to the organic version of the natural flavor.

Carnauba wax and Glycerin will be re-classified as agricultural (moved from 205.605 to 205.606), thereby requiring the use of organic forms when commercially available. After preventive measures have been exhausted, synthetic glycerin may still be used for organic livestock practices as described in § 205.603.

The levels of Chlorine are amended to clarify levels allowed per use: in water that has direct contact with food (FDA/EPA levels are okay with a fresh water rinse) and in water used as an ingredient in food (which must not exceed the maximum residual disinfectant limit for the chlorine material under the Safe Drinking Water Act).

Alginic Acid will be reclassified as synthetic.

Microcrystalline forms of Cellulose are prohibited.

Colors listed in 205.606 now are accompanied by their binomial nomenclature instead of a CAS#.

New allowed handling materials (added to 205.605):

  • Hypochlorous Acid (allowed as a chlorine material). It must be generated from electrolyzed water.
  • Potassium lactate and Sodium lactate (for use as an antimicrobial agent and pH regulator only)