In today’s market, products carrying the organic label are everywhere you turn, but securing legitimate organic products might not be as easy as it seems.
If you are like most organic buyers, you shop for these items because you want products that are better for you, but you may not be getting the quality products you think you are. Here are some things to be aware of when buying organic.
According to the USDA, companies use several labels on their products. However, they can only use two of them with the USDA organic seal, “100% Organic” and “Organic.” Companies often use misleading labels such as “Made with Organic” and “Organic Ingredients” to describe products that are not fully organic. These products cannot bear the organic seal but may give a false impression that the ingredients are all organic.
Intentional deceit and imported commodities
Whether a product is organic or not, the term “organic” instantly makes it more valuable, providing an incentive for sellers and companies to pass off their standard produce as organic. This is against federal law and is punishable by high fines. Additionally, a large percentage of some organic crops come from overseas, making it difficult to know their true history. The USDA leaves the onus on the importer to verify that their imports are organic, leaving a sizable margin for deceptive business practices.
If you believe a product you purchased has a fraudulent organic label, you can take action to protect your rights as a consumer.