'We commend the USDA for taking seriously its responsibility to review the NOSB
recommendation and make a decision based on the facts and science,' says Michiel van Genugten, global product line manager, Seaweed Extracts and Colours.
Exceptions to the prohibition are granted based on "need" by the NOSB
. In addition, organic crops cannot be genetically modified in a lab, or irradiated, a sterilization process that prolongs shelf life.
However, the Act does not exclude all synthetic substances; the NOSB
During the initial standards-making process to define organics, agribusinesses co-opted the NOSB
and subsequently removed, manipulated, and/or diluted the rules; agribusinesses gained state assistance to benefit the largest firms and weaken rule implementation (Guthman 2004b).
every day, influencing the regulators," says former NOSB
chair Jim Riddle, organic outreach coordinator for the University of Minnesota's Southwest Research and Outreach Center.
(147) In effect, the Senate left the question open for the USDA and NOSB
to determine the level of contamination to tolerate.
The CP Kelco regulatory and technical groups worked closely with the committee members of the NOSB
to make sure they had the proper information to make this ruling.
That summer, however, the NOSB
found it impossible to raise the cash it needed to meet the large net deposit outflows that occurred during one of the many aftershocks of the panics of 1837 and 1839.
, a 15-member advisory board that assists the Secretary of Agriculture in shaping organic production standards, issued a formal recommendation in May 2009 for the implementation of peer review process for certifying agents.
According to Cummins, at the NOSB
meeting this week, National Organic Program director Miles McEvoy announced a "new age of enforcement" in organic.
In May, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), Silver Spring, MD, suggested the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB
) committee consider adding several key points to a proposed recommendation for making current organic product regulations work for personal care products.
Department of Agriculture's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB