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USDA Proposes New Rule Related To Methionine Content Of Organic Poultry Feed

August 23, 2010: 12:20 PM EST
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program (NOP) has proposed a rule extending the use of methionine in organic poultry production for two years. An essential amino acid necessary in poultry diets for proper cell growth and feather development, methionine is naturally present in organic poultry feed but in amounts not sufficient enough to maintain optimal health. The rule, which will take effect on October 1 and is open to public comment, would amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances to permit maximum limits of methionine per ton of feed of four pounds for layers, five pounds for broilers and six pounds for turkeys and all other poultry. The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) recommended these levels on April 12, 2010.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, "USDA Extends the Use of Methionine in Organic Poultry Production", News release, USDA, August 23, 2010, © USDA
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