The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meets every six months to reviews the standards that govern the USDA National Organic Program (NOP). In May 2012 meeting, NOSB legally mandated carrageenan to allow it in organic for another 5 years despite that this synthetic ingredient causes digestive problems and cancer. It is used in organic juice, yogurt, chocolate milk, and other dairy products and non-dairy alternatives. Some companies welcomed the move while some refused to use it in their products. The NOSB also added two new synthetic nutraceuticals, choline and inositol for the use in infant formula and pediatric medical foods, despite evidence that the manufacture of these synthetics leaves residues of 1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogen.
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