Illegal Synthetic Additive Found in New Organic Milk

| 2/23/2011 2:29:00 PM

Tags: organic, milk, illegal,

Organic MilkThe Cornucopia Institute has again done some great reporting on the failure of agribiz giant Dean Foods to follow national regulations for organic foods.  Specifically, this time Dean is promoting a new product, organic Horizon Fat-Free Milk Plus DHA Omega-3, which Cornucopia’s news release explains is illegal in at least two respects. According to Cornucopia’s report, the DHA Omega-3 is not approved as an additive to certified organic milk, plus Dean’s health claims about it are not supported by scientific evidence.

Here's the report:

A prominent organic industry watchdog filed a formal legal complaint today alleging that a newly introduced product, by the giant dairy conglomerate Dean Foods, includes a synthetic nutritional oil that is prohibited in organics.  The product, Horizon Fat-Free Milk Plus DHA Omega-3, bears the USDA organic seal despite a ruling in 2010 by the USDA that the proprietary DHA oil, an ingredient derived from algae, is not legal in organic production.

“This is a willful and flagrant violation of the law governing organic foods,” states Mark A. Kastel, Co-director of the Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based farm policy research group.

Federal law strictly prohibits synthetic additives in organic foods unless the additive appears on the USDA’s National Organic Program’s list of allowed substances.  Ingredients are included on this list only after careful review and approval by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), an expert advisory panel, and the Secretary of Agriculture.

Synthetic materials on the list include benign substances like baking powder that are not available organically but important for commercial food production.

2/28/2011 12:28:02 PM

Thank you for this article. Industries already have a green flag to put almost anything in our food and their processing in the non-organic department. Do not allow them to convert the organic field into an untrusty source of nutrition. Dean Foods must respect our choice to go organic and follow the rules!

Jan Steinman
2/28/2011 12:04:30 PM

Where does one begin... Pasteurized, homogenized, confinement-fed dairy does not belong in the diet of any health- or environment-conscious person, no matter what certification appears on the label. Like milk? Go find a small, local farmer you trust who drinks her own grass-fed raw milk, and beg to get some.

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