Organic cereals, pastas

October 30, 2002|By Gail Borelli | Gail Borelli,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE

Organic foods are in the spotlight this month since the government adopted new labeling standards that shoppers should find helpful.

A product must be certified at least 95 percent organic to use the word organic on its label.

Among the new organic foods popping up on store shelves:

Cascadian Farm, a longtime organic grower based in Washington state, has introduced four new cereals -- Honey Nut O's, Wheat Crunch Flakes, Oats & Honey Granola and Multi Grain Squares. Retail price is $3.69 to $3.99 for 12- to 15-ounce boxes, depending on variety.

Organic Udon dry pastas from the Koyo company. The pastas are made from 100 percent organic heirloom wheat, purified water and sea salt. Available in natural-food markets for between $1.69 and $1.99 per 8-ounce package, depending on variety.

Naked Organics fruit juices. The name refers to the lack of pesticides, insecticides and herbicides used to grow the produce in the juices. Suggested retail price is $2.89 for single-serve 15.2-ounce bottles or $4.49 for family-size 32-ounce bottles.

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