If you believe in buying organic foods, an article by an expert last week may have come as a shock to you. Dr.Mercola is a celebrity in the medical field and on the media circuit. He has an excellent website and a huge following on Facebook and other social networks. I often adhere to his advice.
His article"Why you don't want to buy organic eggs at the grocery store" raises the question what happens after organic eggs have been collected. Some states require that they are cleaned by washing them in a chlorine bath. That isn't exactly what I as an organic customer and ex organic farmer's wife expected to happen to the eggs labeled organic, grocery store or not. In addition, they undergo "a mineral oil coating before they are nestled into their cartons," the article continues. And the eggs are still allowed to carry the organic label.
My research took me to:
Certification of Organic Eggs and Meat Birds
Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF)
Northeast Organic Farming Association. There it says:
"The following egg wash ingredients are allowed for use in organic egg production:
Sodium hypochlorite Potassium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide
Hydrogen peroxide Sodium carbonate
Peracetic acid (Peroxyacetic acid)