PFAS “Forever Chemicals” Lurking!

This spring, we were shocked to learn that PFAS “Forever Chemicals” and toxic microplastics could be lurking in our organic apples, carrots, and other fruits and vegetables. In a more recent pilot study, researchers found higher levels of PFAS in organic kale than conventional kale sold at Publix, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods Market, and Weis grocery stores. The National Organic Program is not currently protecting us from these toxins.
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is a Federal Advisory Board made up of 15 dedicated public volunteers from across the organic community. Established by the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) and governed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the NOSB considers and makes recommendations on a wide range of issues involving the production, handling, and processing of organic products. The NOSB also has special responsibilities related to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The NOSB meets twice per year at a public meeting to discuss the items on its work agenda, vote on proposals, and make recommendations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary. The public is invited to participate. GMO/Toxin Free USA made four recommendations during the NOSB Spring 2023 meeting. For the Fall 2023 meeting, the most important and pressing issues from our view as both organic consumers and organic advocates remain the same, with one additional issue amended, and with additional peer-reviewed science bolstering the need to act swiftly on these recommendations. Read our detailed recommendations HERE, then click the button below to take action.