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Apr 27, 2010 5:52 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

USDA moves to ban additives from organic formula

The Agriculture Department is moving to ban two synthetic additives from organic baby formula, overturning a Bush administration decision to allow them.

The USDA said Tuesday that the department incorrectly interpreted Food and Drug Administration guidelines that appeared to allow the additives, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids also known as DHA and ARA, respectively, to be added to formula.

A Wisconsin organic advocacy group had filed a complaint about the additives because they are extracted using a chemical that is banned in organic production. The USDA is not saying they are unsafe.

Many companies have added DHA and ARA to their infant formulas in recent years, saying they improve brain development and eyesight in babies.

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