SUMMARY: This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to enact recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on October 28, 2010, and April 29, 2011. This final rule amends the annotation for tetracycline for use in organic crop production and adds two substances: formic acid and attapulgite, along with any restrictive annotations, for use in organic livestock production and organic processing, respectively. DATES: Effective Date: This final rule is effective August 3, 2012.
***The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) published a final rule today that amends the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The final rule establishes exemptions for the use of three substances in organic agriculture affecting crop production, livestock production, and processing.
Effective August 3, the allowance for the use of tetracycline for fire blight control in organic apple and pear production will be extended until Oct. 21, 2014. Additionally, producers will have the option of using formic acid to control varroa and tracheal mites in organic honey bee operations, and processors will have the option of using attapulgite, a nonsynthetic processing aid, for purification of plant and animal oils.
See the complete final rule and press release below.