Speaking of organic standards . . . recently, one of our readers wrote to let us know how shocked she was to discover that anyone can buy official looking USDA Certified Organic adhesive labels online, at Amazon.com no less.
We couldn’t believe it. Surely, we’d have to show proof that our product is certified organic before we could buy these stick-on labels?
So we ordered them. And the order was filled—1,000 stickers for $12.99. No questions asked.
Farms pay anywhere from $700 - $1200 to obtain organic certification. The USDA organic seal ought not to be easily purchased online, by anyone looking to pass off their non-organic produce on unsuspecting customers.
The best way for consumers to reduce their exposure to pesticides is to buy from a trusted local producer and/or look for the USDA organic seal. Sure, there are a few bad actors in the organic industry who game the system—but it’s a system, and a set of standards, worth protecting.
The organic labels sold on Amazon are made by LabelValue.com, which also sells them online.
What do you say we give these companies a call, or drop them a note, to ask them to either implement a verification process for buying organic labels—or stop selling them?
Call LabelValue.com 1-800 750-7764
Call Amazon customer service 1-866-216-1072
Contact Amazon using their guided customer service process:
1. Sign into your Amazon account and click Help on the right menu.
2. Click Contact Us.
3. Enter the details of your problem.
4. Choose from Email, Phone, or Chat as a method of resolving your issue.
5. Based on your choice, click Send Email, Call Me Now, or Start Chat to deal with a customer service representative.