The National Organic Standards Board is seeking nominations for members of two task forces. One will address production, handling and labeling standards for food and animal feed products derived from aquatic animals. The second will develop standards for pet food. The NOSB recommended the formation of the two task forces at its October 2004 meeting, noting that "some USDA-accredited organic certification agents have developed private standards to address the market demand for these products."
No face-to-face meetings are anticipated. All discussions will be held via e-mail and conference calls. Proposed standards are expected to be completed by October or November 2005 and presented in Washington, D.C.
Each task force will be limited to 12 individuals. The task force on standards for aquatic animals will be divided into two working groups: one for wild aquatic animals, and the other for aquaculture. Nominees to the aquatic animals group may include wild or open-sea fishermen, aquaculture producers, handlers and processors of aquatic animals, experts in aquatic animal health and nutrition, marine conservationists, consumer representatives, academics and accredited organic certification agents. For the pet food task force, nominees may include makers of dry, canned and semi-moist pet foods and treats, experts in animal health and nutrition, veterinarians, ingredients suppliers, feed control officials, academics and accredited organic certification agents. Candidates should have at least five years experience in one of the above roles.
Nominations, with resumes, must be postmarked by Feb. 23. Submit them to Ms. Katherine E. Benham, Advisory Board Specialist, USDA-AMS-TMP-NOP, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Room 4008-S, Ag Stop 0268, Washington, D.C., 20250-0268.
For further information, go to www.ams.usda.gov/nop/Newsroom/FedReg24_05TaskForce.pdf, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.