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Schumer can’t stomach fake organics

Joe Mont | July 19, 2017

Newly discovered shipments of fraudulently labeled organic products coming into the U.S. could hurt American farmers and consumers alike “if the USDA does not step up oversight of imported foods.”

That is the warning about mislabeled products from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and directed to the Department of Agriculture. It should “examine and immediately address the issue of organic fraud,” he said in a statement.

Foreign imports that illegally mislabel products undermine local farmers in the U.S., he emphasized.

“I am demanding that the USDA redouble their efforts and work to stop these producers in their tracks,” Schumer said. “Consumers must know that when they purchase a product that says ‘certified organic’ that they are getting what they paid for. The threat of phony organics entering our domestic market could undermine that confidence.”

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