Corn Syrup As an Additive in So Called Organic Milk
By Heather Callaghan, Editor
Millions of cartons of milk labeled “organic” contain a mysterious additive.
It’s a nutrient called DHA but the millions of customers buying the cartons do not realize how it’s manufactured.
While the additive itself is causing people to question whether it should even be called organic, we think the more shocking ingredient is the one used in the process of DHA…corn syrup!
Washington Post reported last year [emphasis added]:
Inside a South Carolina factory, in industrial vats that stand five stories high, batches of algae are carefully tended, kept warm and fed corn syrup. There the algae, known as Schizochytrium, multiply quickly. The payoff, which comes after processing, is a substance that resembles corn oil. It tastes faintly fishy.
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Marketed as a nutritional enhancement, the oil is added to millions of cartons of organic milk from Horizon, one of the nation’s largest organic brands. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, the oil allows Horizon to advertise health benefits and charge a higher price.
What the Horizon milk carton doesn’t advertise is that some of its contents were brewed in closed stainless steel vats of Schizochytrium. This omission avoids any ick reaction from shoppers, but consumer advocates say it also dodges a key question: Is milk supplemented with an oil brewed in a factory really “organic”?
In deciding to allow the use of the oil and similar additives, USDA officials, at least initially, misread federal regulations. In 2012, five years after the algal oil was introduced into milk, it quietly acknowledged that some federal regulations had been “incorrectly interpreted.” The USDA then maintained the status quo — allowing the use of algal oil, among other things — in order not to “disrupt” the market.
Alliance for Natural Health, USA commented:
When consumer buy organic products, they are likely doing so because they want food that is free of additives, chemicals, and other laboratory experiments. Unfortunately, Big Food, as we’ve argued for many years, uses the government’s “organic” program to take advantage of the premium that organic foods bring while lowering the threshold of what can carry the “organic” label. With Big Food’s coopting of the organic program, and the flood of fake organic grains into the US, can we really trust the integrity of the USDA’s organic seal any more?
Frankly, I have mixed feelings about discounting an organic status just because it has a supplemental ingredient added to it. However, the organic companies must be responsible when it comes to consumer safety and must be transparent about other ingredients that are a part of the process.
It’s no wonder people are disillusioned by this company. They have no idea that corn syrup – a definite non-organic and questionable ingredient – is essentially apart of the end product because it grows the algae. Imagine the feelings of those who are allergic or sensitive to corn? How deceptive!
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Heather Callaghan is an independent researcher, writer, speaker and food freedom activist. She is the Editor and co-founder of NaturalBlaze as well as a certified Self-Referencing IITM Practitioner.
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