Consumers may be misled by organic products

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A lot of the organic products you buy in the store may not be as good for you as you think, according to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Environmental health.

The lawsuit alleges that hundreds of products on store shelves across the country are being labeled organic, when in fact, they are not.

The lawsuits states that in some cases, the products contain potentially toxic ingredients including chemicals suspected of causing asthma, disrupting hormones or causing cancer.

Dr. Bruce Shelton is a Valley physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine.

He said the thought of companies misleading customers is not only wrong, it can be downright dangerous if someone with sensitive health issues doesn't know the organic products have potentially harmful chemicals.

"There are a lot of people that are very sensitive to this," said Shelton. "If they come in contact with things they are sensitive or allergic to, they'll get sick almost immediately."

According to federal guidelines, if a product has less than 70-percent organic ingredients it is not allowed to be called organic.

Geri Giangarra of Peoria said that companies should be held accountable.

"I don't think they should be allowed to say they're organic when they are not," said Giangarra. "I think it is misleading if it doesn't meet organic guidelines."

The lawsuit is asking the court to require manufacturers, either remove the word organic from their products or put more organic ingredients inside them.