Riots have hit the streets in several cities in the United States, including New York, where police have shot and killed a man and wounded a woman.
The riots were sparked by the release of a documentary, “The Poisoned Garden,” which showed an organic food store in New York City.
Authorities say the store’s owner, Michael Loesch, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
The New York Times reported that police arrested Loesck on Monday, citing unnamed law enforcement sources.
Loescht has not been charged in connection with the case.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday that he was “saddened” by the “unacceptable violence” that took place in New Yorkers’ streets.
“I condemn the actions of this individual, but this is not a time for division.
This is a time to unite,” de Blasio told reporters at the end of a press conference.
“We must stand together against this kind of violence, and we must not allow our streets to be divided,” he said.
In New York State, a federal judge ordered Loeschi to surrender his home in March, saying the store violated the terms of his probation.
The case against Loeschy, however, has not yet been decided.
The Food and Drug Administration has said it is reviewing the case and could decide within weeks whether to require organic food companies to label their products as organic.
According to a letter sent by the FDA to Loeschets lawyer, the FDA has determined that Loesches business violates the law.
Loeschett’s lawyer said the FDA was concerned about the “negative effect on consumers and the economic impact on Loesschett and his family.”
The judge ordered the store to pay Loeschelts attorneys $25,000, according to court documents.
In a statement on Monday night, the Food and Food Safety Administration said it had received a “complaint” about the Loeschalts organic food business.
“While we have not received a formal complaint, we are aware of the issue and are in the process of reviewing the matter,” the agency said in a statement.
The agency also said it was reviewing its policy on the labeling of organic foods.