Synthetic Substances considered for US Organic List

Sustainable Food News alerts us to several new items being considered for the Organic list, including various preservatives and coloring agents.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a Federal Register notice it was increasing the number of allowed synthetic substances for use in organic livestock production to 36 with the inclusion of the recommended ingredients.

The National List, created in 2000 and administered by the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board, identifies synthetic substances and ingredients that are allowed and non-synthetic, or natural, substances and ingredients that are prohibited for use in organic production and handling.

Most of the items deal with cattle and meat production. Depending on who you talk to, this is either a weakening of the current organic standards or a finessing of them. I’m with holding my opinion until I find out which companies are recommending the various items, as well as doing a bit of research.

The list of some of the items up for consideration include:

Bismuth subsalicylate
Magnesium hydroxide
Peracetic acid

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