Blog: Olly WehringFSA dodges organic trap

Olly Wehring | 29 July 2009

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) was never going to come out and say that organic food and drink is nutritionally superior to non-organic products.

Once again, the UK food watchdog has reviewed the evidence and decided that there are "no additional health benefits" in eating or drinking organic produce.

Organic certification body the Soil Association quickly wheeled out policy director Peter Melchett to express its "disappointment". Was it really him talking, or just a collated version of previous reaction to the same FSA statement?

Much as the Soil Association would love it, the FSA is never going to say that organic food is nutritionally superior.

By doing so, non-organic food would be labelled inferior, and I'll wager that no FSA chief wants to have the dubious honour of opening that particular can of worms.

CM


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