Organics: Are We Getting What We Pay For?

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Many of us want to treat the outside of our bodies as well as we treat the inside, so we don’t mind paying a premium for organic skin care and cosmetics, which means we’re getting products that focus on natural and pesticide-free ingredients. We look for packages labeled organic because that means the product was made with at least 70 percent organic ingredients, or does it?

Remember that cosmetics don’t fall under the rules that apply to food and drugs. A new lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court by The Center for Environmental Health alleges that more than two dozen companies are violating the California labeling law that requires products labeled “organic” to have 70 percent or more organic ingredients. Since organic labeling on cosmetics isn’t regulated by the federal government, shopping for organic personal care can be challenging.

Whole Foods already took a stand last year demanding that personal-care products on its shelves with “organic” labels must adhere to the same guidelines as food under the USDA National Organic Program. Personal-care retailers had until this month to meet the demands. So it will be interesting to see which brands look a little different or disappear from Whole Foods all together this summer. In the meantime, while these issues are resolved, those who want organic products should search for the USDA organic seal on personal-care products, which ensures they have been properly certified.

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