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Organic food is gaining popularity across the country. Whether this popularity can be chalked up to health-related concerns about pesticides, an interest in supporting earth-friendly agriculture or both, it's without a doubt that more of us are seeking out organic products than ever before.
While this is definitely a good thing, it also leads to an increase in the number of companies that want to market their product as organic when that might not be the case, per the many guidelines of organic food production.
The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) has come to the rescue with the industry's first fraud detection and prevention program. NCGA and the International Organic Accreditation Service will help retailers ensure that 'certified organic' means 'certified organic.'