Michigan Organic NEWS!

1.      Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) removed two products from
the *OMRI Products List*

The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) removed two products from the
*OMRI Products List *on Tuesday, February 17th, meaning that they cannot
continue to be used in organic agriculture. An OMRI investigation determined
that both Marizyme™, made by Port Organic Products, Ltd., and Agrolizer™,
distributed by Agromar, Inc. contain ingredients that are prohibited in
fertilizers for organic applications.

In addition, today, the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) released a
notice to its Accredited Certifying Agents stating that continued use of
Marizyme™ and Agrolizer™ by organic operations would place their
certification under considerable risk. Both producers of these products are
currently under investigation by the USDA's Office of Inspector General.

The notice from the NOP also outlined a series of new guidelines for
materials review organizations such as OMRI, mandating inspections and
audits of producers of "all high nitrogen liquid fertilizers (nitrogen
analysis greater than 3 percent)." The notice also requires certifiers to
"implement a system of audit and inspection for branded products they deem
compliant with the NOP regulations." OMRI began updating its procedures to
increase audits and inspections three years ago.

The new guidelines will be fully implemented by October 1, 2009, and apply
globally to all third-party materials review organizations working to the
NOP. As directed by the NOP, OMRI and similar organizations will "undergo
audits as a condition of ongoing recognition." The USDA performed an audit
of OMRI's operations in 2007 prior to granting ISO-65 accreditation. OMRI
has since submitted to yearly audits and remains ISO-65 accredited.

In addition, OMRI continues to actively assist the USDA's Office of
Inspector General with their ongoing criminal investigation of the products.
Besides working with federal authorities, OMRI is coordinating with
fertilizer control officials from several states and welcomes the
opportunity to work with government officials to safeguard organic

According to the notice, organic fertilizer producers must demonstrate "all
necessary infrastructure to produce the approved finished product,"
including sufficient storage, equipment, and transportation capacity.
Inspections must also verify that prohibited materials are not within 100
yards of the dedicated facility for the organic approved inputs. Inspectors
will conduct extensive audits of each producer comparing incoming materials
with outgoing finished products.

Please note that while the 2009 printed version of the *OMRI Products
List*still contains the names of both Marizyme™ and Agrolizer™, the
version of the *OMRI Products List* at always contains the most
up-to-date information. The full text of the NOP notice
***is also available on the OMRI website

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