USDA looks at organic program

The US Department of Agriculture said it might remove two synthetic additives found in organic baby formula and organic milk as the federal agency addresses concerns about the National Organic Program.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said this week it might remove two synthetic additives found in organic baby formula and organic milk as the federal agency addresses concerns about the National Organic Program.

Specifically, the USDA is looking at DHA and ARA, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of agriculture, told The Wall Street Journal that she is "leading a push by the USDA to both promote and more closely supervise the organic industry."

The Journal and The Washington Post both cited Martek Biosciences, which works with Carmichael Lynch Spong, as the largest supplier of DHA and ARA. The company supplies its synthetic fatty acids to Abbott Laboratories for Similac, Hain Celestial Group for Earth's Best, and Dean Foods for Horizon.

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