(NaturalNews) The center for Environmental Health based out of Oakland, California has sued the manufacturers of 26 personal care products that allegedly violate California's organic labelling law that requires a product to be made up of at least 70% organic ingredients. The center feels that while there are somewhat more intense regulations in place for food and food supplements, those regulations just don't exist for personal health care products.
"We found dozens of shampoos, lotions and toothpaste and other personal care products labeled as organic, yet, these products contain few or no organic products," said Charles Margulis of the Center of Environmental Health, "Unfortunately they're taking advantage of lax enforcement of the rules in California."
The proof of this is in the packaging itself, which in these products does not show the required amount of organic ingredients according to the center.
The center previously sued organic heavyweight Hain Celestial Group Inc. in May, claiming its Jason and Avalon Organics brands were mislabelled. Other Hain brands were included in the more recently filed lawsuit.
At Lakeshore Natural Foods in Oakland, certified nutritionist Pat Lennox said she worries about other words such as pure, healthful, and natural.
"There are companies I see on television advertising all the time that claim to be natural that have a bunch of crap in them, quite frankly." Lennox said.