20 Oct '11, 6am

Fair Trade USA Goes Rogue: New "Standards" Undermine Fair Trade Commitment to Farmers and Consumers

PORTLAND, OR - Fair World Project (FWP), a campaign of the Organic Consumers Association, the nation's largest network of green and ethical consumers, rejects leading certifier Fair Trade USA's (formerly Transfair USA) new "Fair Trade for All" initiative and standards revisions. As of January 1, 2012, FWP will not recognize FTUSA as a reputable fair trade certifier unless it reverses its proposed labeling and commercial availability standards. This week, FWP sent a letter to FTUSA to convey their position on the proposed changes. To view the letter, go to: http://www.fairworldproject.org/fairtradeusa . FTUSA has publicized key elements of the new standards, including labeling policies and multi-ingredient product requirements. The publicized policy revisions drastically diminish the standing of FTUSA as a reputable organization. To carry the FTUSA "Fair Trade Certified (In...

Full article: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_24175.cfm

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