Your ‘Organic’ Fruit Might Have Chemicals

It turns out there’s no real way of knowing if the fruits and vegetables you buy are really organic or not. Costa Rican lawmakers investigated bogus organic pineapple exports to the U.S, and a congressional committee there says American consumers shelled out more than $6 million in pineapples sold as organic but grown with banned chemicals. A report by the Costa Rican legislators reads in part, ” The Ministry of Agriculture seems incapable of sufficient basic coordination with US authorities — in the case of organic pineapple, and most likely many other products — to prevent illegal activities affecting producers and consumers.” The USDA keeps track of organic products by approving various companies around the world to inspect, monitor, and certify whether foods bound for U.S. consumers are produced according to organic standards. Recently, the agency announced it would crack down on fraudulent imports by tracing them electronically and would increase training of certifiers. Meanwhile, the Cornucopia Institute (a nonprofit watchdog organization), blames USDA corruption and negligence, not only for an influx of fake-organic imports, but also for violations of domestic milk and egg producers.