Final rule published regarding 2016 Sunset Review

Sep 15, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) announces the publication of the final rule associated with the 2016 Sunset Review. The final rule removes five substances from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List).


As the substances are being removed, they will no longer be allowed in organic production or handling after September 12, 2016.


The National Listidentifies the substances that may be used in organic crop and livestock production. The Sunset Review is the process the NOSB follows to confirm that every substance on the National List continues to meet all evaluation criteria per the Organic Foods Production Act.


As recommended by the NOSB, following their 2016 Sunset review at the April 2015 NOSB meeting, the following five substances are to be removed from the National list:


  • egg white lysozyme;

  • cyclohexylamine;

  • diethylaminoethanol

  • octadecylamine; and

  • tetrasodium pyrophosphate

After considering public comments and supporting documents, the NOSB determined that the substances are no longer necessary or essential for organic handling since substances and practices exist that provide alternatives to all five substances that are more compatible with organic production and handling.


The rule is effective on September 12, 2016, the current sunset date of the substances. Organic products already in stream of commerce prior to September 12, 2016 (i.e., those manufactured, in storage, or on shelves, labeled, and ready for shipment), can still be sold as organic after the September 12, 2016, effective date. Organic products manufactured on or after September 12, 2016, need to comply with the new requirements.


Read the Federal Rule on this topic here: