Certified Organic Flavors Now Required in Organic Products

A news release earlier this month from the Organic Trade Association stated that, “A final rule published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture‚Äôs National Organic Program (NOP) now requires the use of certified organic flavors in certified organic products when they are commercially available. The rule was implemented and went into effect on December 27, 2019.

“‘It is now time that the regulations catch up with the marketplace,’ says Laura Batcha, CEO and Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association. ‘Our position is that the organic flavor supply has grown to a size where it is no longer appropriate to allow the use of non-organic natural flavors in certified organic products.’

“The Organic Trade Association submitted a petition to help grow the availability and use of organic flavors in 2014. Natural flavors have been included on the National List since it was first implemented in 2002. Since that time, however, many organic flavors have been developed, and are being successfully used by many companies.”

The news update added that, “In addition to its practical guide, the Organic Trade Association is offering a webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern on January 29 titled “New Rules: Requirement for Using Organic Flavors in Processed Organic Products” to its members as well as non-members.”

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