<Effective October 21, 2012, yeast used in baked goods and other processed organic products must be organic, if commercially available and intended for human consumption.
<Effective January 1, 2013, hops, typically used in organic beer production, must be organic.
<Effective October 21, 2012, sulfur dioxide (smoke bombs) will no longer be allowed for rodent control in organic crop production.
The National List entry for yeast will be amended to read:
§ 205.605 Nonagricultural (nonorganic) substances allowed as ingredients in or on processed products labeled as “organic” or “made with organic (specified ingredients or food group(s)).” (a) Yeast—When used as food or a fermentation agent in products labeled as ‘‘organic,’’ yeast must be organic if its end use is for human consumption; nonorganic yeast may be used when organic yeast is not commercially available. Growth on petrochemical substrate and sulfite waste liquor is prohibited. For smoked yeast, nonsynthetic smoke flavoring process must be documented.
For full information, please visit the NOP pages:
Final Rule for Sunset Review 2012 <http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5098620>
Questions and Answers <http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5098702>