Disodium Guanylate World Health Organization determined can increase uric acid levels, increasing the risk for kidney stones or gout.

Polysorbate 80 Environmental Protection Agency reports potential to be an endocrine disruptor in studies of cells. Disrupts gut micro- biota in laboratory studies. Polyoxyethylene Sorbitan Monostearate Affects reproduction and lactation in laboratory studies.

Natamycin World Health Organization reports gastrointestinal effects.

No Chemical Flavors Synthetic chemical flavors are not allowed in organic pack-

aged food. Some “flavors” in conventional foods can actually be made

up of more than 100 chemicals that do not have to be labeled on the package. The flavor may be made up of any of 2,700 other chemicals not regulated directly by the Food and Drug Administration but rather approved for use by an industry group, the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association. By contrast, only flavors derived from natural, non-synthetic substances can be used in organic packaged food and, beginning in December 2019, natural flavors cannot be used if organic flavors are commercially available. In addition to being derived from natural sources, the flavors in organic food must be produced without synthetic chemicals and cannot include any artificial preservatives.

No Synthetic Colors foods.

Synthetic colors are also prohibited in organic packaged

Unlike preservatives and flavors, all food colors must be reviewed for safety by the FDA. Nevertheless, some colors have raised health concerns. For example, caramel colors III and IV may be contaminated with 4-methylimidazole, which has been associated with cancer. Although you may find organic caramel color in organic foods, the organic rules set by the federal Depart- ment of Agriculture, or USDA, require that it be made in a way that does not produce 4-methylimidazole contamination. Experts are also concerned about the impacts of synthetic

colors on children. A 2010 report for the FDA’s Food Advisory Committee, which is based on 35 years of scientific studies, found that “certain food additives may exacerbate hyperactive behaviors (inattention, impulsivity and overactivity) in some groups of children.” The experts found that children with ADHD were particularly sensitive to artificial food dyes.

Minimal Environmental Impacts

Organic standards also prohibit the use of ingredients in organic food when the manufacture, use or disposal of such ingredients causes adverse effects on the environment. For ex- ample, calcium acid pyrophosphate, a leavening agent for baked goods, was prohibited for use in organic food products partly due to concerns about “heavy metal contamination from mining operations” and the “environmental effect of the phosphoric acid component of the manufacture.”

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Table 2

Substances Allowed in Production of Conventional Foods That Are Not Allowed in Organic Foods Due to Environmental Concerns

Diethylaminoethanol On the EPA list of hazardous substances and causes severe skin and eye irritation. It is considered a hazardous air pol- lutant under the Clean Air Act.

Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose Manufacture of substance produces two known carcinogens, including formaldehyde, a volatile organic compound subject to emission restrictions set forth by the Clean Air Act.


Substance is a byproduct of the petrochemical industry; the effects of exploration and drilling are destructive to the envi- ronment. In addition, substance is a volatile organic com- pound and a precursor to ozone, a pollutant.

Nitrous Oxide Substance is a potent greenhouse gas with a half-life of 120 years.

Synthetic Beta Carotene Solvents used in the manufacturing process are not easily biodegraded and the potential exists for improper disposal or spillage if not properly recycled.

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