I was upset a few years ago when the federal government relaxed the organic standards to enable more large producers to market under teh "organic" label. It would appear that they are up to it again. I will be writing my letter, I encourage you to do the same.
USDA Considers Expanding List of Allowable Substances in Organic Meat
Increased demand and limited supply of organic beef has led many to consider alternatives that would lead to increased production. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is considering expanding the list of allowable substances that can be used in treating livestock, while still remaining eligible for organic certification.
The substances being debated include:
- Atropine, a belladonna-derived antidote for poisoning after organophosphate pesticide exposure
- Bismuth subsalicyate, an anti-diarrheal drug also used by humans.
- Butorphanol, a short-acting painkiller often used before surgery.
- Flunixin, a non-steroidal, non-narcotic treatment for inflammation or pyrexia.
- Furosemide, a diuretic used to treat pulmonary and udder edema.
- Magnesium hydroxide, a naturally-occurring mineral used as a laxative and antacid.
- Peroxyacetic/paracetic acid, used to sanitize facility and processing equipment and as a topical disinfectant on animals and meat and dairy products.
- Poloxalene, a synthetic substance used to prevent or treat bloating in cattle and as a stool softener.
Comments must be submitted by Sept. 15, 2006. They may be mailed to:
Arthur Neal, Director of Program Administration
National Organic Program, USDA-AMS-TMP-NOP
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Room4008-So., Ag Stop 0268
Washington, DC 20250