Blog: Dean BestEU organic regulations get the thumbs up

Dean Best | 13 June 2007

News that European politicians have agreed on EU regulations surrounding the production and labelling of organic food has received a warm response from the industry today (13 June).

The legislation has been drawn up in response to criticism that organic food producers in different parts of the EU are acting under different guidelines.

Importantly, standardised practices will cut through the great deal of consumer confusion that has arisen from having different national standards throughout the EU member states.

At the moment, the official EU organic farming label is not compulsory and due to differences in national standards, there has been some confusion among consumers.

Under the new legislation, carrying an EU organic logo will be mandatory, although national logos can still be used.

These new EU regulations should stand the organic sector in good stead. Sales of organic products are rising. And, with more consumers flocking to organic for health, dietary and ethical reasons, they can have greater confidence that what they are eating meets their expectations – and meets strict EU criteria on how organic food can be produced.


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