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USDA Adds 13 New Product Categories to BioPreferred Program

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on April 10, 2012, the addition of 13 biobased product categories which are eligible for Federal procurement preference. More than 1,500 additional biobased products will be offered for preferred purchasing consideration by all Federal government agencies and contractors. The final rule was published in the April 4, 2012, Federal Register.

“There are now more than 10,000 products qualifying for preferred procurement under USDA’s BioPreferred program” said Mr. Vilsack. “Including previously designated items, these 13 additional biobased product categories will help feed the President’s initiative by offering even more products with federal procurement preference.”

13 New Product Categories

The final rule designates the following biobased products for preferred Federal procurement (minimum biobased content measured via ASTM D6866 testing indicated in parenthesis):

– air fresheners and deodorizers (97%)
– asphalt and tar removers (80%)
– asphalt restorers (68%)
– blast media (94%)
– candles and wax melts (88%)
– electronic components cleaners (91%)
– non-carpet floor coverings (91%)
– foot care products (83%)
– furniture cleaners and protectors (71%)
– packing and insulating materials (74%)
– pneumatic equipment lubricants (67%)
– wood and concrete stains (39%)
– inks
News inks (32%)
Printer toner inks (>25 pages per minute) (20%)
Printer toner inks (<25 ppm) (34%)
Sheetfed black inks (49%)
Sheetfed color inks (67%)
Specialty inks (66%)

Biobased products are composed wholly or significantly of biological ingredients in new or emerging markets – renewable plant, animal, marine or forestry materials. A BioPreferred designated item is one that meets or exceeds USDA-established minimum biobased content requirements.

BioPreferred is comprised of a preferred procurement program for Federal agencies and a voluntary labeling program for the broad scale marketing of biobased products. A complete list and detailed description of each BioPreferred designated item can be found at

ASTM D6866 testing provider Beta Analytic is not affiliated with the USDA or the BioPreferred Program.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 and is filed under Articles on Bioplastics, Biobased Products .