Sunday, May 13, 2007

Wal-Mart Fixing Organic Department

"Days after a state consumer protection agency warned Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to clean up discrepancies in labeling of organic products on shelves, the retail giant issued updated guidelines to its employees.

The rebuke from the State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection follows a three-month investigation into allegations that the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer was misleading consumers in the state by incorrectly labeling on shelves some foods as organic.

Although no fines or penalties were assessed, the state's Bureau of Consumer Protection Director James Rabbitt told Sustainable Food News that agency inspectors follow "a progressive enforcement model" and will continue to monitor the retailer's labeling practices to ensure continued compliance."

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