By Government Contracts Editorial Staff
The United States Department of Agriculture has issued a proposed rule to amend its Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement. The rule would add 30 sections that will designate the product categories within which biobased products would be afforded procurement preference by agencies and contractors. The categories are: adhesives; animal habitat care products; cleaning tools; concrete curing agents; concrete repair materials; durable cutlery; durable tableware; epoxy systems; exterior paints and coatings; facial care products; feminine care products; fire logs and fire starters; folders and filing products; foliar sprays; gardening supplies and accessories; heating fuels and wick lamps; kitchenware and accessories; other lubricants; phase change materials; playground and athletic surface materials; powder coatings; product packaging; rugs and floor mats; shopping and trash bags; soil amendments; surface guards, molding, and trim; toys and sporting gear; traffic and zone marking paints; transmission fluids; and wall coverings. These 30 product categories contain finished products that are made, in large part, from intermediate ingredients that have been proposed for designation for federal procurement preference. USDA is also proposing minimum biobased contents for each of these product categories. Additionally, USDA is proposing to amend the existing designated product categories of general purpose de-icers, firearm lubricants, laundry products, and water clarifying agents. The new categories would be added to 7 CFR Part 3201. Comments on the proposed rule are due November 13, 2018. For the text of the rule, see 83 FR 46780.
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