Corporations Sneak Synthetic Preservatives into Organic Infant Formula

Cornucopia Institute, an organic watchdog, files a formal legal complaint with the USDA.

| August 8, 2012

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    Several infant formula manufacturers have added two synthetic preservatives to certified organic infant formulas.

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The following article is posted with permission from The Cornucopia Institute.

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, passed by Congress in 1990, explicitly bans synthetic preservatives in organic food.

“This is another blatant violation of the federal law governing organics by multi-billion dollar corporations that apparently think they can get away with anything,” says Charlotte Vallaeys, Director of Farm and Food Policy at The Cornucopia Institute.

The preservatives are beta carotene and ascorbyl palmitate, synthetics that are added to infant formula to prevent the oxidation and rancidity of ingredients such as the controversial patented supplements DHA and ARA, manufactured by Martek Biosciences Corporation (Royal DSM) and marketed as Life'sDHA®.

“This is not the first time that the pharmaceutical companies and agribusinesses, that manufacture infant formula, have quietly added to organic formula the same synthetic ingredients that they use in their conventional versions without first seeking the legally required approval for use in organics,” says Vallaeys.

10/9/2012 1:49:26 AM

Wow this is so upsetting, it is not always possible to breast feed and some of us must turn to formula no matter how much we don't want to. I am sad to say we fed our daughter one of these formulas. Paying about four times the price of conventional formula, you would hope you get what you pay for when choosing organic.

CountryLivingina CaribooValley
9/12/2012 9:44:17 PM

This is terrible and I'm glad it is being brought out in the open. Right from birth, babies are subjected to environmental chemicals and now they are being given synthetics in their milk. I'll be making sure my daughter in law knows which prepared baby formulas to avoid.

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