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Consumers Need To Be Wary Of Egg Cartons Stamped “USDA Organic”

November 10, 2010: 03:01 AM EST

A new, large egg recall may push consumers toward organic eggs to avoid contamination, but the Cornucopia Institute is warning consumers that what they see on the egg carton – the “USDA organic” label – may not be what they get. According to the Institute, many cartons so labeled come from big agribusiness farms that distribute mass produced eggs from warehoused chickens. The Institute says the hen houses of fraudulent producers are packed with birds. A door at the end of the facility is not useable by the chickens, but the companies sell their products as "free range," skirting USDA guidelines. “The chickens are never let out to graze or be in sunlight,” the Institute said. The birds are force-fed commercial chicken feed and injected with antibiotics or vaccines with toxins, violating organic rules.

"Egg Recalls Push More Consumers Toward 'Organic;" But Watch Out", News release, Cornucopia Institute, November 10, 2010, © Cornucopia Institute
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