The Cornucopia Institute, one of the nation’s leading organic industry watchdogs, condemned the position of the United States Department of Agriculture for its position allowing products containing unapproved synthetic additives to be labeled “organic” for an indefinite grace period.
The Cornucopia Institute had filed legal complaints against infant formula manufacturers and Dean Foods, manufacturer of Horizon dairy products, for adding unapproved additives: Martek Biosciences Corporation’s omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (DHA/ARA), derived chemically from fermented algae and fungus, to foods with the organic label. These additives have been linked to serious gastrointestinal symptoms in infants according to reports submitted to the FDA’s MedWatch program.
A list of products that are using these synthetic additives has been issued. Ellwood Thompson’s will not sell any products from this list while they contain these additives. Click here to read more about this issue.