For many shoppers the word “organic” is synonymous with “safe.” But food safety experts cannot concede that organic is safer than conventional food, as their research shows it is not. Dialogue on the confusion between fact and myth highlighted the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo being held here through Friday.
Surveys show that about 60 percent of consumers stress that it’s important to clarify that the organic label is a production claim, not a food safety claim.
“Consumers may see organic food safety relating to safety from chemicals used in conventional foods. But it’s important to clarify that organic claims do no refer to microbial safety,” said Harshavardhan Thippareddi, Ph.D., a food science professor at the University of Nebraska.
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