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Fixing the “Natural” Label

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What's wrong with "natural"?

Media Coverage

"Natural" In the News

Widespread media coverage of our efforts to ban the "natural" label or define it in a meaningful way is raising awareness among consumers, and putting pressure on government agencies to take action.

Consumers Taking Action

What You Can Do

If you're looking for foods grown without the use of most synthetic pesticides, no GMOs, no antibiotics and limited artificial ingredients, leave foods labeled "natural" on the shelf and look for foods with the USDA Certified Organic label instead. 

Media Coverage

"Natural" In the News

Widespread media coverage of our efforts to ban the "natural" label or define it in a meaningful way is raising awareness among consumers, and putting pressure on government agencies to take action.

June 24, 2014

Citizen Petitions

In June 2014, we submitted citizen petitions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, asking the agencies to ban the "natural" label on the foods they regulate.

 

May 10, 2016

Our comment to the FDA

Consumer Surveys

Ban Natural petitions

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June 2014

Consumer Reports Food Safety & Sustainability Center's Petition to the USDA to Ban Natural

Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center and the undersigned submit this petition under 5 U.S.C. 553(e)) and 7 CFR 1.28 and 9 CFR 392 to request the Secretary of Agriculture to issue an interpretive rule prohibiting the “natural” label on meat and poultry products.

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June 2014

Consumer Reports Food Safety & Sustainability Center's Petition to the FDA to Ban Natural

Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center and the undersigned submit this petition under 5 USC 553(e) and 21 CFR 10.25 and 10.30, and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to request the Commissioner of Food and Drugs to issue an interpretive rule prohibiting the “natural” label on foods.

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Consumer Reports 2014 label survey

Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center and the undersigned submit this petition under 5 USC 553(e) and 21 CFR 10.25 and 10.30, and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to request the Commissioner of Food and Drugs to issue an interpretive rule prohibiting the “natural” label on foods.

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Other supporting documents

On November 7, 2013, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) amended its prior label approval system regulations to expand the circumstances in which certain types of labels and labeling are generically approved. This rule will be effective on January 6, 2014.

Antibiotic use in organic chicken hatcheries

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Improving the Organic Label

Prohibiting Antibiotics in Hatcheries

Federal law prohibits the use of antibiotics in organic farming, with one exception: chickens until the second day of life can be given antibiotics. We believe the U.S. Department of Agriculture should prohibit the use of all antibiotics in organic production, including day-old chicks, and we're working to make this happen.

Consumer Survey

What Consumers Think

According to our 2015 survey, 60% of consumers think that the organic label means antibiotics were never used. An even greater percentage think that the organic label should mean this: 72% responded that antibiotics should never be used, and 79% responded that antibiotics should only be used to treat sick animals.

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Taking Action

Our Advocacy Work on Antibiotics in Organics

We wrote to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in January 2014 requesting that the agency prohibit administering antibiotics to chicks that will be raised as "organic."  In June 2015, we wrote a detailed letter to the Secretary of Agriculture to request that the agency take action. The Secretary of Agriculture responded in August 2015 that the agency will request a recommendation on this issue from the National Organic Standards Board.

Know Your Labels

What You Can Do

When buying poultry, look for the "USDA Organic" seal along with a "raised without antibiotics" claim. Producers making a "raised without antibiotics" or similar claim are prohibited from using antibiotics at any stage of life, including day-old chicks.

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FDA acknowledges BPA risks—but falls short

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FDA acknowledges BPA risks—but falls short

Consumer Union Calls For A Ban On FDA
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BPA Factsheet

BPA is short for bisphenol A, a chemical found in the linings of cans and in many plastic products, including sports bottles, food-storage containers and baby bottles. BPA helps make plastics strong while staying lightweight, and is also used as a coating inside metal food cans.

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Organic Watchdog

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Organic Watchdog

Antibiotic use in organic chicken hatcheries

The Secretary of Agriculture responded to our request to start the process of prohibiting antibiotics in organic chicken hatcheries. Currently, chickens that will be raised and sold as “organic” can be given antibiotics until the second day of life.

Misleading Food Labels

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Consumer Reports

Food Safety and Sustainability

December 2015

Tell FDA—Fix the “Natural” Label

In any grocery store aisle, you’re likely to see foods with labels like “natural” or “naturally raised.” According to a national phone survey by Consumer Reports’ Survey Research Center, almost 60 percent of consumers look for the natural label when they shop. Many consumers expect food labeled “natural” is similar to organic food:

Regulation & Legislation

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Food Safety and Sustainability

Fish and Seafood

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Food Safety and Sustainability

Metals: lead, mercury, & aluminum

Mercury in Fish Recommendations Methodology

In order to develop our recommendations we analyzed the FDA database of mercury in fish posted in 2011.

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BPA

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Food Safety and Sustainability

July 2013

FDA acknowledges BPA Risks—but Falls Short

In a shift of position, the Food & Drug Administration announced in January that it now has “some concern” about the possible health risks caused by the chemical Bisphenol A. As recently as 2008, the FDA had reiterated its longtime stance that BPA was safe at the low levels found in some plastic bottles and other food containers.

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Mercury in Fish Report

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Mercury in Fish Report

Almost all seafood contains mercury in varying amounts, and getting too much of it can damage the brain and nervous system. We are concerned that consumers who follow government guidelines for fish consumption without careful consideration of which species they are consuming could end up taking in too much mercury. We developed recommendations by analyzing Food and Drug Administration data, and created a list of lowest mercury fish, low mercury fish and higher mercury fish.