In April 2013, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) rejected a petition to extend the deadline for allowing growers of organic
apples and pears to spray their fruit with tetracycline, an antibiotic.
Thanks in part to the 32,619 comments submitted by OCA supporters,
growers of organic apples and pears will have to stop spraying their
fruit with tetracycline after Oct. 21, 2014. …