Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog, has filed a formal legal complaint against Dean Foods. The institute says that Horizon Fat-Free Milk Plus DHA Omega-3 bears the USDA organic seal despite using DHA oil that is not legal in organic food production.
"This is a willful and flagrant violation of the law governing organic foods," states Mark A. Kastel, the Codirector of the Cornucopia Institute.
The Bush administration allowed the use of DHA in organic products after an alleged backroom deal with corporate lobby groups. After a number of appeals from the the Cornucopia Institute and and investigative article in the Washington Post, the USDA's National Organic Program acknolwedged, in 2010, that the Bush administration had misinterpreted the rules.
Why is DHA so bad in the eyes of the organic industry? DHA from Martek is created via a microalgae species that has never been part of the human diet. It is made in corn syrup that is likely genetically engineered. The production process can also include petrochemical solvents and food acids, hexane and more. Which are not allowed in organic food production.