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Organic Vote Victory for Consumers: Statement from Consumer Reports' Dr. Urvashi Rangan 4/14

Statement from Dr. Urvashi Rangan

Executive Director of the Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center

In a critical victory for consumers, the National Organic Standards Board just voted to reject a petition that would have extended the expiration date beyond October 2014 for the use of the antibiotic streptomycin to treat fire blight in apple and pear production. Combined with the board vote last year to end the use of tetracycline on the same crops, any antibiotic use in organic fruit production will now be prohibited. This is not only good for public health--given the mounting evidence of the impact of antibiotic-resistant bacteria—but consistent with consumer expectations. The survey we released just this week showed that nine out of 10 consumers don’t think organic produce should have antibiotics. This vote truly represents the will of the people and the spirit of organic.

We urge the USDA to fund research to help growers continue to find workable alternative treatments for fire blight that are compatible with organic production.



















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