Remove Dangerous Additive From Organic Products

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Target: Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program (NOP)

Goal:  Ban the use of carrageenan in all organic products

Carrageenan, an additive commonly used in foods, is currently allowed in certified organic foods although it is linked to gastrointestinal inflammation and higher rates of colon cancer. Carrageenan’s approval is about to expire under the National Organic Program (NOP), however, the NOP is recommending approval of carrageenan in organics for another five years. This is unacceptable as studies show clear health risks. Carrageenan must be banned in all organic products.

Carrageenan is an emulsifier used to keep liquids from separating in organic juice, yogurt, chocolate milk and other dairy products, non-dairy alternatives and even infant formula. Research links carrageenan to gastrointestinal inflammation, including higher rates of colon cancer, in laboratory animals. Based on this and other studies, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) recommended that carrageenan be banned from use in organic infant formula, citing studies from Europe. However the NOP ignored this recommendation on the basis that the NOSB’s food safety concerns aren’t supported by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

The laws on organic food require the NOSB to investigate human health hazards, and it is not a requirement that the NOSB draw the same conclusions as the FDA. This petition urges the NOP to adopt the NOSB’s recommendation to remove carrageenan from infant formula and from all organic products. Carrageenan is hazardous to human health, incompatible with organic principles, and not needed to produce organic food.

Sign the petition below to remove carrageenan from organic products and infant formula.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Miles McEvoy,

Carrageenan, an emulsifier used to keep liquids from separating that is commonly used in foods, is currently allowed in certified organic foods. Research links carrageenan to gastrointestinal inflammation, including higher rates of colon cancer, in laboratory animals. The additive is currently up for renewed approval and the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) recommended that carrageenan be banned from use in organic infant formula and not be approved. However, the National Organic Program (NOP) ignored this recommendation since the NOSB’s food safety concerns aren’t supported by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

The laws on organic food require the NOSB to investigate human health hazards, and it is not a requirement that the NOSB draw the same conclusions as the FDA. This petition urges the NOP to remove carrageenan from infant formula and from all organic products. Carrageenan is unsafe and threatens human health, making it incompatible with organic principles. Carrageenan must be banned in all organic products.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit:  Earthworm via flickr

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2 Comments

  1. Patty Jordan says:

    This reminds me of the student who called for a ban on Dihydrogen Monoxide. Lots of very true statements were made to support the ban, including that it was responsible for many deaths each year. Lots of people signed the petition. What is Dihydrogen Monoxide? Water. Don’t be gullible.

  2. Jeni Shergold says:

    I have never seen anything like this petition before. Carrageenan is a seaweed cant see this being cancerous somehow UNLESS the problem lies in the processing of it. If inflammation and bowel cancer is the biggest problem with this product, then look at the processing of it first – is more likely to come from the artificial fluoride in the water in the processing plant!!

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