Organic Cheater Exposed By Public Protest At Health Products Trade Show By Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
Organic Consumers Association has long fought against what it calls
"organic cheater brands" -- personal care products that use the name
"organic" in the product name or brand, yet are not truly organic
products at all. This year at the Expo West Natural Products Expo in Anaheim,
California, the OCA staged a very visible public protest to expose what it
calls "sham poo products" that are "organic cheaters."
The protest was part of the OCA's Coming Clean Campaign which continues
to expose dishonest or misleading products in the skin care industry. Due in
large part to the OCA's efforts, Whole Foods now says it will enforce
honest labeling by taking a closer look at the word "organic" on
personal care products (http://www.organicconsumers.org/bodycare/index.cfm).
something you need to know about the Expo West trade show: That show has an
on-duty FDA officer who runs around the show threatening companies that
make truthful health claims on their product labels. New Hope Media, organizer
of the show is apparently quite content with an FDA tyrant running around the
show threatening people for telling the truth, but when the Organic Consumers
Association tries to expose the truth about organic cheater brands, New Hope
Media places itself in the position of defending the cheaters!
I find this all quite fascinating. Expo West is a terrific trade show with lots
of really great companies sharing their health products, but it does seem that
New Hope Media is eroding its own credibility by going to bat for organic
cheater brands. Instead of defending organic cheater brands, the company might
do itself a favor by requiring them to have honest labels before they can
exhibit at the show!
How the products really
The OCA has published an online spreadsheet detailing the
test results of many personal care products to show their "Skin Deep
Hazard Rating" -- a score that indicates the presence of potentially
hazardous or toxic chemicals in product formulations. A score of 7 or higher is
considered bad enough to earn that product a "don't buy this" rating.
A score of 2 or lower is considered very good. Check out the spreadsheet
(Click on the brand names at the top of the spreadsheet to see the score
results for each brand.)
Join the Organic
Consumers Association's boycott of brands
The OCA maintains a boycott against the following brands,
which it characterizes as "fake organic brands":
• Avalon "Organics"
• Desert Essence "Organics"
• Earth's Best "Organic"
• Eminence "Organic" (Except Few w/USDA Seal)
• Giovanni "Organic"
• Goodstuff "Organics"
• Head "Organics"
• Jason "Pure, Natural & Organic"
• Kiss My Face "Obsessively Organic"
• Nature's Gate "Organics"
• Physicians Formula "Organic" Wear
• Stella McCartney "100% Organic"
NaturalNews urges readers to join in this boycott and avoid buying these brands
until they reformulate to be truly organic (USDA organic). Note carefully that
even the Kiss My Face "Obsessively Organic" products are not
considered truly organic by the OCA. Don't trust product names alone, as brand
names and product names may be misleading.
Good organic brands to
some of the honest organic brands you may wish to support through the
purchasing of their products:
About the author: Mike Adams is a natural
health author and technology pioneer with a strong interest in personal health,
the environment and the power of nature to help us all heal He has authored and
published thousands of articles, interviews, consumers guides, and books on
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