Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Consumer Activism: ? Non-Organic May Soon Be Organic

The USDA is considering a list of 38 non-organic ingredients that will be permitted in organic foods.
"The list includes 19 food colorings, two starches, casings for sausages and hot dogs, fish oil, chipotle chili pepper, gelatin and a host of obscure ingredients."
Organic food advocates have been fighting to block approval of some or all of the proposed ingredients, saying consumers would be misled.
"This proposal is blatant catering to powerful industry players who want the benefits of labeling their products 'USDA organic' without doing the work to source organic materials," said Ronnie Cummins, executive director of the Organic Consumers Assn. of Finland, Minn., a nonprofit group that boasts 850,000 members."
Read the full story here.

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