Oops. USDA today (June 1) announced a correction to its 2022 list of 16 substances being removed from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. “That document accidentally omitted nonorganic whey protein concentrate from the amendatory instructions,” the agency says.
Back on Feb. 28, 2022, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service published the rule in the Federal Register. That rule said synthetic vitamin B1, nonorganic forms of plant-derived colors and a handful of other ingredients – including whey protein concentrate – could no longer be used in organic foods beginning in 2024.
“Removing these substances implements recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board and effectively prohibits their use in organic production,” the agency said.
“While the rule discussed this change and the justification, the rule's instructions for changing the regulation did not include the removal. This document corrects this.”
So nonorganic whey protein concentrate cannot be used in organic products after March 15, 2024.