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USDA To Remove Synthetic Fatty Acids From Approved Organic Ingredients List

April 26, 2010: 07:54 AM EST
Responding to grumbling from organic food activists, the Obama administration has reversed a USDA decision from the Bush era to include synthetic fatty acids on a list of nonorganic ingredients approved for baby formula. The synthetic versions of the fatty acids DHA and ARA have been added to baby formulas for several years to give them some of the health benefits of human breast milk. The USDA isn’t suggesting that the additives are unsafe, only that food regulators disregarded established procedures when they awarded the organic seal. A top USDA official said organic regulators in 2006 misread the federal guidelines and failed to seek public comment on their decision. It is expected that the USDA will give food makers some time to change their product formulas.
Scott Kilman, "USDA Cracks Down on Synthetic Fatty Acids in Organic Milk ", Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2010, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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