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Wal-Mart says it will work hard to ensure organic means organic

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River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Wal-Mart says it will work harder to make sure its organic food items are the real thing.

That's after the Cornucopia Institute in Bayfield County filed a complaint with the state, alleging that the world's largest retailer mislabeled its organic products.

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The company says the green shelf tags it uses to identify organic foods could have been misplaced inadvertently, or were moved in front of the wrong items.

Wal-Mart says it's working with its employees to check the tags on a regular basis, to make sure they stay accurate. The firm says it's not a labeling problem, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture certifications are on them and shoppers should always rely on those labels.

State consumer officials say they won't seek penalties at the moment, but they will monitor the situation, to make sure Wal-Mart follows through.

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