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Ask Tufts Experts March 2007 Issue

Q: In your article on organics (October 2006 Healthletter) you make note that seafood has not met “Certified Organic” guidelines as of yet. Enclosed you will see that I have purchased fish from Ecuador that meets these standards. What is the legitimacy of this product?

Answer :  Your question is an excellent example of how easy it is to get misled or confused by package labeling. Actually, on close inspection, it turns out that the label you enclosed with your question does not say “organic.” The USDA has yet to finalize certification standards for organic seafood, so the use of such a term on a seafood label would be meaningless in any case; producers are allowed to make whatever “organic” claims…

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