In Australia, organic
contamination or old information? Recent report reveals
pesticide contamination found in organic products; Organic sector
argues claims based on old information
November 3, 2003, TheAge.com/organic-research.com:
Australian officials found products being sold as organic, many times
under the “certified organic” label, contained pesticide
residues equal to those of conventionally grown foods, according to
a recent report put out by the Food Standards Australia.
The tests were conducted by health department officials. Queensland
Health examined 96 organic products both imported and locally made.
Pesticide residue, some for pesticides banned in all food, was found
in 15 percent of the products tested, of which 78 percent had been
Andy Monk, chief executive of Biological Farmers of Australia, which
runs the largest Certified Organic program said the Queensland report
was based on testing done two years ago, and a more recent Victorian
survey had given an almost clean bill of health to the industry.