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Organic Rule Change Causes A Synthetics Scuffle

Law360, New York (October 12, 2016, 12:45 PM EDT) -- Ongoing litigation in the U.S. District Court for Northern California could potentially upend the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s efforts to streamline the process by which synthetic substances are permitted for use in organic production in those limited circumstances in which no workable organic alternatives exist.

Fomented by considerations of surging consumer demand for “organic” products and the need to administer a regulatory framework that promotes efficiency and transparency governing this rapidly developing industry, the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) revised its regulatory process for authorizing synthetic materials for use in organic production in a Sept. 16, 2013, Federal Register notice. The...
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