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Unbelievable! USDA Power Grab Should Not Go Unchallenged | Cornucopia Institute

June 2, 2013

May 24th, 2013USDA violates the Organic Foods Production ActDraft rule on carrageenan, cellulose and “inert” synthetics in pesticides disregards decisions by the National Organic Standards BoardComment before Monday, June 3, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ETPolitical corruption and power grabs usually happen behind closed doors. The Cornucopia Institute has consistently called for more transparency at the USDA’s National Organic Program, but quite frankly, this power grab, in broad daylight, is unexpected.The National Organic Standards Board NOSB, the citizen panel charged by Congress to determine which synthetics are allowed in organic food production, voted to prohibit the use of carrageenan in organic infant formula, to prohibit the use of synthetic microcrystalline cellulose as a food ingredient, and set a deadline for reviewing synthetic and potentially harmful ingredients in previously approved pesticide formulations.Organic_Watchdog_buttonBy law, the USDA cannot allow a synthetic material in organics unless it has been approved by the NOSB. But the agency seems completely uninterested in following the law governing organics, the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. The USDA’s proposed rule, released on May 3, disregards the NOSB’s decisions entirely on these three important topics.Please send a comment to the USDA—let them know that they are acting outside their legal authority and that we will not stand by quietly while they protect corporate interests rather than the health of consumers and the environment.INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING COMMENTTo submit your comment electronically:http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=AMS-NOP-11-0003-0029Docket Number: AMS—NOP—11—0003For the required field “Organization Name,” please enter “Citizen.”The deadline for submitting comments is Monday, June 3.

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