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Old 11-16-2010, 03:06 PM   #1
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Default Organic Food—The Small Print Bites Again

Organic Food—The Small Print Bites Again
By Pat Racimora
About: See Authors Posts (316) on April 10, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Organic Food—The Small Print Bites Again : NO QUARTER
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I think most consumers would assume that if a product splashes that “USDA Organic” logo on the front of its package that it was grown in our country. Organic crop farming criteria include biological pest management with no synthetic chemicals, antibiotics, or hormones. The USDA’s National Organic Program [NOP] regulates standards for farms, wild crop harvesting, and handling operation that want to sell an agricultural product as organically produced.

BUT, the USDA does NOT inspect or directly certify imported foods. Yet Whole Foods proudly displays the USDA Organic label smack dab on the front of the package of its veggies from China. Whole Foods told the ABC-7 reporter that it gives a private company by the name Quality Assurance International [QAI] the job of making sure their foreign foods are certified organic. However at the time this story broke, QAI had not certified any crops in China, even though the Whole Foods package also sports a QAI seal. Whole Foods then told the ABC-7 investigative team that they relied on a third party to certify the products from China, but would not divulge any further detail...
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