USDA allows continued use of 12 substances in organic production

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published a final rule allowing the continued use of 12 substances in organic production and handling that were due to sunset this year.

The National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances details non-agricultural ingredients that are allowed to be used as ingredients in foods labeled organic or made with organic ingredients, and is reviewed every five years.

The substances that will continue to be allowed under the final rule published August 3 are: ferric phosphate and hydrogen chloride, both for use in organic crop production; egg white lysozyme, L-malic acid, and microorganisms, for use as ingredients; activated charcoal from vegetative sources as a filtering aid; cyclohexylamine, diethylaminoethanol, and octadecylamine, for use only as a boiler water additive for packaging sterilization; peracetic acid/peroxyacetic acid, for use in wash and/or rinse water according to FDA limitations and as a sanitizer on food contact surfaces; sodium acid pyrophosphate, for use only as a leavening agent; and tetrasodium pyrophosphate, for use only in meat analog products.

The thinking behind the establishment of a National List was that it would allow a wide range of USDA certified organic foods to come to market without being restricted by scarcity of minor ingredients.

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