06 March 2009

Organic and Deadly

Just because something passes the organic smell test doesn't mean you want it in your cupboard.
Organic certification allows companies to market products as organically grown or produced. Processors must meet standards set by the U.S. Department of agriculture and are monitored by a USDA-accredited entity. The Texas Department of Agriculture has served as a certifying agency since 2002. If the Plainview plant hadn't been undergoing organic certification, the state agriculture department wouldn't have inspected it.

"While we do not expect organic inspectors to be able to detect salmonella or other pathogens, their potential sources should be obvious from such evidence as bird, rodent and other animal feces or other pest infestations," the directive stated.

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