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 eedstocksor 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 modied organ-isms. e rganic onsumersssociation (OCA), along with theaturally 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:
tay tuned to the utri-on section o the OCA website or ur-ther developments:
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 saety 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 cloneoods 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 organicood system.”ake action:
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.
Children’s Plastic Lunch Boxes
Last week, documents obtained under the reedom o normation ct were released that show the US gov-ernment’s onsumer rotection aety ommission(CPSC) concealed evidence indicating dangerously high levels o lead in children’s plastic lunchboxes. n2005, the nonprot 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.
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:
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 ranser or ural reas(ATTRA) program was designed to provide armers with inor-mation on how to integrate sustainable practices into their ownarms. is successul ederal program has become one o themost successul and cost-efective tools used by armers to maketheir agricultural operations saer 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.
THE NEW NATURALLY OCCURRING STANDARDWILL ALLOW CONSUMERS TO KNOW WHETHERA VITAMIN OR SUPPLEMENT PRODUCT:· Contains synthetic ingredients· Contains
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