When consumers buy organic products, they expect items that have followed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s guidelines for all natural. How Los Angeles County is monitoring those organic claims is the question Supervisor Mike Antonovich wants answered.
On July 21, the county Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Antonovich that directs county officials to conduct a study to determine the accuracy of organic claims made by supermarkets.
“Consumers have the right to know the foods advertised organic are organic,” said Tony Bell, spokesman for Antonovich.
Throughout the supervisor’s tenure he has met with various organizations, including youth and family groups that promote healthy living. The Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures, the lead agency on the study, regulates the county’s agricultural industry and has an environmental laboratory that is used in testing everything from food to cosmetics.