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Issue 103 Organic Consumers Association

Issue 103 Organic Consumers Association

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Demand a New Truth-in-Labeling Standard For Vitamins
Your avorite vitamin and supplement brand may label itsel as “ood-based” or “natural”, butthe overwhelming majority o today’s sup-plements are actually laced with syntheticchemicals, GE ingredients, or even nanopar-ticles. e FDA, in accordance with the wisheso the large pharmaceutical com-panies who supply the eedstocksor 90% o all dietary supplements,allows vitamin companies to labeltheir products as “natural,” “ood-based,” or even “organic,” even i these supplements are composed o 90% synthetic ingredients, includ-ing genetically modied organ-isms. e rganic onsumersssociation (OCA), along with theaturally ccurring tandards roup, is launching a new “truthin labeling” campaign that will enable consumers to distinguishbetween those vitamins and supplements that are truly naturalor organic, and those that simply claim to be.n order to make clear to the $20+ billion supplements indus-try that consumers want truth-in-labeling or vitamins & supple-ments, please sign our online petition at:
www.organicconsumers.org/nutricon/nutripetition.cfm
 tay tuned to the utri-on section o the OCA website or ur-ther developments:
www.organicconsumers.org/nutricon/ 
FDA Still Accepting Comments on Cloned Food Approval
e FDA is accepting public comments on their controversial pro-posed regulations that would allow milk, eggs and meat romcloned animals on the market, without labeling or saety test-ing. ne major concern or organic consumers is the act that it’simpossible to determine via laboratory testing whether a partic-ular meat or animal by-product came rom a cloned animal orits ofspring. n other words, as the FDA approves conventionalmilk, eggs and meat rom cloned animals, these same cloneoods could nd their way into oods labeled as “organic”, eventhough oods rom cloned animals cannot technically be labeled“organic”. ccording to a report by Jim iddle, ormer hair o the ational rganic tandards Board, labeling o cloned ani-mals and their products is essential in order to “prevent entry o cloned animals, their progeny, and products into the organicood system.”ake action:
www.organicconsumers.org/rd/clones.htm
How Natural or Organic are Your Vitamins?
OCA is building an expansive database o companies that meetstrict NOS standards or being 100% naturally occurring andorganic. o nd out i your avorite vitamin/supplement istruly natural, please submit that company’s name when yousign the utri-on petition (see above). We will be posting anonline database over the next two months, listing how the var-ious companies rank.
www.organicconsumers.org/nutricon/nutripetition.cfm
Children’s Plastic Lunch Boxes
Last week, documents obtained under the reedom o normation ct were released that show the US gov-ernment’s onsumer rotection aety ommission(CPSC) concealed evidence indicating dangerously high levels o lead in children’s plastic lunchboxes. n2005, the nonprot enter or nvironmental ealthmade national news when their investigations oundhigh levels o lead in children’s vinyl lunchboxes. e CPSC imme-diately countered that report by saying its own studies revealedno problems. n the contrary, documents released last week showthe agency’s own tests actually ound lead contamination up to16 times higher than what is allowed in lead paint. e govern-ment’s motivation or a cover-up that threatens the health o thenation’s children is unclear, but an allied group o state ttorney enerals is being organized to ultimately remove these lunch-boxes rom the marketplace.
www.organicconsumers.org/afc.cfm
Tip:
e lunchboxes to avoid are made o PVC. ese are typically the squishy plastic type o “bag” boxes. You can also order a leadlunchbox testing kit rom the enter or nvironmental ealth:
www.testyourlunchbox.com
Senate Poised to Cut Sustainable Ag Program Funding
Last week, the enate passed a resolution that would immediately end unding or a ederal program crucial to sustainable agri-culture. e ppropriate echnology ranser or ural reas(ATTRA) program was designed to provide armers with inor-mation on how to integrate sustainable practices into their ownarms. is successul ederal program has become one o themost successul and cost-efective tools used by armers to maketheir agricultural operations saer or human health and the envi-ronment. Beginning early next week (ebruary 26) ongressmanBoozman (R-AR) will begin circulating a sign-on letter to requestthe continued unding o ATTRA. all your representative andsenator and ask them to sign onto ongressman Boozman’s let-ter.
Take action:
 
www.organicconsumers.org/farm.cfm
THE NEW NATURALLY OCCURRING STANDARDWILL ALLOW CONSUMERS TO KNOW WHETHERA VITAMIN OR SUPPLEMENT PRODUCT:· Contains synthetic ingredients· Contains
GE
ingredients· Only contains ingredients found in nature· Only contains ingredients that aresustainably harvested and fairly-traded· Is Organic
Food and Consumer News Tidbits with an Edge… From the Organic Consumers AssociationPlease forward this publication to family and friends, websites, print it, & post it. Knowledge is power!February 22, 2007 · Issue 103www.organicconsumers.org
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