Stop Organic Fraud in the Health & Beauty Aisle!
If you've shopped for organic shampoo, body wash or make-up, you've probably noticed that there are a lot of brands that call themselves "organic," but don't carry the "USDA Organic" seal or the certified "Made With Organic Ingredients" claim.
That's because, while the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) protects organic consumers from fraud by requiring that all organic foods are third-party certified to meet federal organic standards, the USDA NOP is turning a blind-eye to organic fraud when it comes to non-food products.
There are scrupulous organic cosmetics companies that are certified organic, but the vast majority of popular so-called "organic" brands use just a few organic ingredients in products that are largely composed of petrochemicals and synthetics.
In 2009, the US Department of Agriculture's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) directed the USDA NOP to "Solve the Problem of Mislabeled Organic Personal Care." If implemented, the recommendation would limit the use of the word "organic" to personal care products that are backed up by third-party certification to USDA standards for products that are "USDA Organic" or "Made With Organic Ingredients."