OCA Files Formal Complaint On Fraudulent Organic Labels

On February 18, 2004, The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), on behalf
of its national network of 500,000 consumers and 350 natural food
stores, coops, and organic businesses, submitted a formal Complaint to
the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) against the California-based
company, Bayliss Ranch, and the organic certifier, Quality Assurance
International (QAI), for illegally counting ordinary water in Bayliss
Ranch's water extracts as "organic."

This scheme enables Bayliss Ranch's
customers–manufacturers of food and body care products for Consumers
such as Avalon. Nature's Gate, and Jason's–to make fraudulent claims
that their body care products are "70% organic," by counting the
ordinary water in the Bayliss extracts as the primary "organic" content
of the products.

This practice threatens to undermine consumer
confidence in the USDA organic label, which assures consumers that
products claiming organic status are truly at least 70% organic WITHOUT
counting water as "organic."

Sign the petition to the USDA:

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