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FSA stands by organic nutrition review

07-Aug-2009

The Food Standards Agency in the UK is standing by its study comparing evidence of nutrient content in organic versus conventional foods, claiming irresponsible interpretation” has led to misleading claims about higher nutrient levels in some organic foods.

The review, published last week, has attracted considerable debate in newspapers around the world, with some questioning its validity since studies that did not meet the reviewers’ rigorous criteria were excluded.

In an open letter published today FSA chief executive Tim Smith said he could like to set the record straight.

“This review was commissioned by us to ensure that our position on organic food is up to date and reflects the weight and balance of current scientific evidence. This research had also been called for by the organic sector to review emerging research in this area.”

Some commentators have pointed out that nutrition is not the main reason that many people opt for organics. Rather, they want to avoid pesticide use and prefer produce grown using land-conscious practices. As such, the review is not expected to shake the organic sector by its roots.

Smith’s full letter is available here .

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