Murkowski presses for organic label for wild Alaskan salmon

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski is urging the Secretary of Agriculture to move forward with an organic label for wild Alaskan salmon.

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is in the process of looking at the issue and is expected to make a decision mid-October.

''It is incomprehensible to me that the NOSB may approve the classification of pen-reared fish as organic but that fish swimming in the wild might not get the organic classification,'' Murkowski's letter said.

Murkowski wants the board to consider two sets of seafood classification standards -- wild-caught and farm-raised -- each with their own organic label.

He said the board had received poor information from some of its advisers who suggested that wild fish could not be certified as organic because wild fish food sources are not controlled.

''It's an absurd conclusion,'' Murkowski said.

The letter was signed by several other members of Congress.

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