USDA Publishes 2018 Sunset Review Notice

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the renewal of 17 substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to conclude the 2018 Sunset Review. The new sunset date for these substances is May 29, 2023. These substances are used in organic crop and livestock production and organic handling/processing.

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), a Federal Advisory Committee, has concluded their review of these substances. USDA concurred with the NOSB recommendation to renew 16 substances. In one case, the NOSB recommended removing carrageenan from the National List, but, based on public comments received during the review process, USDA is renewing it because there is sufficient evidence that the substance continues to be necessary for handling agricultural products.