27.2.2003: Meldung: Horizon wants to keep USDA-Standards
"This special interest exemption undermines the previously set USDA national organic standards by weakening the requirements for 100 percent organic feed," said Chuck Marcy, president and CEO of Horizon Organic. "As pioneers in the push for federal organic standards, Horizon Organic will remain true to the stringent national organic program regulations that define the term "organic" and provide peace of mind for consumers."
Under the provision included within the new Omnibus Appropriations Act, when the commercial price of organic feed is twice the price of conventional feed, the USDA cannot enforce regulations requiring that livestock be given only organic feed. This would effectively eliminate the implementation of clear and consistent labeling laws for organic foods. To this end, Horizon Organic applauds the effort to repeal the provision and ensure the validity of the organic market.
All Horizon Organic products are certified organic and grown and processed without the use of harmful pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, or genetically modified ingredients. Regardless of the language in the Omnibus Appropriations Act, Horizon Organic and its many producer partners will continue to provide the high- quality organic foods their customers have come to expect, and will adhere to the strict standards fought for by both producers and purchasers of organic foods.
To learn more about what you can do to support one national set of organic standards, visit Horizon Organic"s Web site at www.horizonorganic.com.
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About Horizon Organic
Horizon Organic Holding Corporation produces and markets the leading brand of certified organic milk and a full line of refrigerated, certified organic dairy products. The company also markets certified organic eggs and juices. Horizon Organic products can be found in conventional supermarkets and natural foods stores across the U.S. and in the U.K. For more information, visit www.horizonorganic.com .
Horizon Organic Dairy
P.O. Box 17577
Boulder, CO 80308-7577
Phone: 800.237.2711 x 199