The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program has announced a public meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on October 28-30, 2014, in Louisville, Kentucky. The meeting will include recommendations from the board’s six subcommittees on a wide range of topics, including “substances petitioned to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), substances on the National List that require NOSB review before their 2015 and 2016 sunset dates, updates from working groups on technical issues, and amendments to guidance on organic policies.”

In particular, the Handling Subcommittee intends “to take up the issue of whether to prohibit BPA [bisphenol A] in packaging material used for organic foods in light of mounting evidence that it may be harmful.” To this end, NOSB plans to prioritize research dedicated to finding “suitable alternatives for the linings of cans used for various organic products such as tomatoes, beans and soups.” See Federal Register, September 8, 2014.