Petition to Remove Hops from National List

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In order to promote the use of organic hops and stimulate the organic hop industry, the American Organic Hop Grower Association submitted a petition to the USDA National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on December 8, 2009, requesting the removal of hops from the National Organic Program’s National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances as a non-organically produced agricultural product allowed in or on processed products labeled as “organic” (section 205.606).  Click here to view a PDF of the petition.


On June 30, 2010, the AOHGA submitted an addendum to the petition to the NOSB, adding a few points that were not included in the original petition.  Click here to view a PDF of the addendum to the petition.


On October 12, 2010, the AOHGA submitted written comments to the NOSB for review prior to their October meeting where the decision to remove hops from the National List would be made.  Click here to view a PDF of the written comments.


On October 28, 2010, the National Organic Standards Board unanimously voted in favor of the removal of hops from section 205.606 of the National List of Approved and Prohibited Substances, effective January 1, 2013.