"... the intestinal casing may be from an animal that lived its life on a factory farm in intensive confinement, consuming pesticide laden foods, and treated with an assortment of antibiotics and drugs."Why not use organic casings?
- Organic Consumers Association (OCA), USDA To Allow More Conventional Ingredients In Organics
"The [USDA's] justification for adding non-organic casings to the National List is based upon insufficient availability of processed intestines from organically produced animals."Let me see if I understand. There isn't enough organic product so you allow manufacturers to use inorganic product and call it (and profit from calling it) organic. Am I making a fair read on that? I can't say I'm a big fan of meat encased in intestines, but it seems the respectable thing to do would be to require organic casings on a meat product labeled "USDA Organic". What in blazes does organic mean anymore?
- USDA, National Organic Program (NOP) - Proposed Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Processing), [Docket No. AMS-TM-07-0062; TM-07-06]
The USDA is accepting public comments on this proposal until Tuesday, May 22, at Regulations.gov. Or you can visit the OCA's site and sign their petition.