More Organic Food Deception By Wal-Mart

More Organic Food Deception by Wal-Mart
Yahoo News May 8, 2007

Wisconsin consumer fraud investigators have released the findings of a
three-month investigation into Wal-Mart's alleged practice of
misidentifying conventional food items as organic.

The investigation, run by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture,
Trade and Consumer Protection, found many instances of conventional
food products improperly labeled as organic, in violation of Wisconsin
state statutes.

Wisconsin regulators sent only a formal warning to the retail giant,
and said that they had reached an agreement with the company under
which steps would be taken to prevent future misrepresentations.
Wisconsin officials said that they would continue their surveillance
of Wal-Mart stores.

The Cornucopia Institute, an organization dedicated to preserving
organic standards, has a photo gallery on its Web page showing
conventional food products that were priced and labeled as organic
foods in Wal-Mart stores.

Yahoo News May 8, 2007

Dr. Mercola's Comment:

I warned readers a few months ago how Wal-Mart promotes a substandard
and distorted image of organic foods. Obviously, consumer fraud
investigators in Wisconsin agree. Among the products Wal-Mart
deceptively labeled as organic were Silk Soy Milk, Florida Crystals
Natural Sugar, and various produce items.

This isn't the first report about Wal-Mart blurring the line between
conventional and organics for the sake of profits either. The USDA has
identified numerous incidents of fraudulent labeling in five states,
including Minnesota and Texas.

Unfortunately, Wisconsin regulators merely slapped Wal-Mart's wrists.
And, while the USDA has been well aware of the problems experienced in
Wisconsin since November, they have yet to issue any rulings.

Wal-Mart has a major history of abusive practices, as has been
brilliantly documented in the movie Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low
Price. Wal-Mart's entry into the organic food market will increase the
substitution of inferior, factory-farmed products for true organic
food. This will be especially true if they start outsourcing food from
China, where organic enforcement standards are close to non-existent.

Last year, Wal-Mart pledged they will become the major retailer of
organic foods. With tactics like these and lax oversight, that may
become a reality sooner than later -- although more accurately, they
will be the major retailer of "organic" foods.

As always, the best choice for your health is to seek out locally
grown, healthier, and safer sources for your foods.

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