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ACTION ALERT: Tell the USDA — No Illegal/Unreviewed Synthetics in Organics!

[This Action Alert is Over] Sneaking Synthetics into Organics Close the Loophole – Submit a Comment to the National Organic Standards Board Comments due Tuesday, March 19, 2013 (11:59 pm EST) Think you’re avoiding synthetic ingredients like sodium benzoate and polysorbate 80 by choosing organic? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. The organic law clearly… Read more »

Tests Say Mislabeled Fish is a Widespread Problem

New York Times By Elisabeth Rosenthal Fish is frequently misidentified on menus and grocery store counters in New York City, even at expensive restaurants and specialty shops, DNA testing for a new study found. National supermarket chains had the best record for accuracy in seafood labeling, the researchers reported. The researchers, from the conservation group… Read more »

National Organic Standards Board Votes to Reject More Synthetic Additives in Infant Formula

Positive news for organic consumers from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting currently taking place in Providence, Rhode Island: the NOSB has rejected the petitions to allow synthetic versions of the nutrients taurine, lycopene, lutein and l-carnitine in organic foods, including organic infant formula. The NOSB also rejected the petitions for two synthetic preservatives… Read more »

Corporations Sneak Synthetic Preservatives into Organic Food

Organic Watchdog Files Formal Legal Complaint with USDA CORNUCOPIA, WI:  The Cornucopia Institute, a not-for-profit policy research organization based in Wisconsin, filed a formal legal complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) against several infant formula manufacturers that are adding two synthetic preservatives to certified organic infant formula. The Organic Foods Production Act,… Read more »

Gimmicky Nutraceuticals Deceiving Health-Conscious Consumers

DHA Omega-3 Oils in Food = Proven Beneficial by Scientific Research DHA from Mutated Algae by DSM/Martek Biosciences = Unproven and Risky Written by Charlotte Vallaeys Farm and Food Policy Director, The Cornucopia Institute To our amusement, someone in the organic food industry called The Cornucopia Institute an “anti-DHA group.”  Yes, it is true that… Read more »

Dean’s Organic Milk Claims Draw Criticism From Cited Scientist

Bloomberg News By Andrew Zajac Cartons of Dean Foods Co. (DF)’s Horizon organic milk fortified with DHA feature a picture of a young girl to illustrate the heart, eye and brain benefits of the additive, referencing the work of a prominent nutritionist. The problem: the author says her study doesn’t support those health claims, and… Read more »

USDA Organic Audit: Procedures for Approving Synthetics Followed, Allegations of Corruption Unexamined

WASHINGTON, DC:  The Office of the Inspector General (OIG), at the USDA, released a brief report yesterday outlining their review of serious allegations of collusion with corporate agribusiness, conflicts of interest, illegal appointments and false information tainting the decision-making on the part of the National Organic Standards Board, the expert panel created by Congress to… Read more »

5 Surprising Ingredients Allowed in Organic Food

Mother Jones By Tom Philpott Sunday’s New York Times piece on the corporatization of organics (which I commented on here) got me to thinking: What are the weirdest additives the USDA allows in food labeled “organic”? Here are five. 1. Carrageenan Made from seaweed and used as a thickener and stabilizer for certain dairy products… Read more »

Has ‘Organic’ Been Oversized?

NY Times By Stephanie Strom Ann Arbor, MI — Michael J. Potter is one of the last little big men left in organic food. More than 40 years ago, Mr. Potter bought into a hippie cafe and “whole earth” grocery here that has since morphed into a major organic foods producer and wholesaler, Eden Foods…. Read more »

Shopping Guide to Avoiding Organic Foods with Carrageenan

Always read ingredient lists carefully. Carrageenan may be present in the final product but not listed on the ingredients label when it is used as a “processing aid,” for example in cream. We recommend contacting the company directly if you would like to confirm whether carrageenan is in the final product. Read more on processing aids here, and… Read more »