ORGANIC CERTIFICATION (EC) No 834/2007
Organic products range from fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the farm to wines and cheeses aged over several years. Sales channels are equally diverse, including:
Organic products range from fresh fruits and vegetables collected directly from the farm to products that have been stored for many years in wine and cheese. Its sales channels are also diverse, including:
• local organic markets
• organic shops in rural or urban areas
• roadside stalls in the countryside
• direct sales at the farm where the food was produced
• online ordering of organic boxes delivered to the door or to collection points
• supermarkets: many are now expanding and developing their organic product ranges
• restaurants, canteens and catering firms: a growing sector including school meals, public and private-sector canteens and cafeterias in some high-profile companies
• Local organic market
• Organic shops in urban or rural areas
• Rural roadside stalls
• Direct selling on the farm where the food is produced
• Online orders for organic product packages delivered to your door or delivered to collection point
• Supermarkets: Many supermarkets are expanding their variety of organic products
• Restaurants, canteens, and catering companies: Increasing numbers of school canteens, public or corporate restaurants, and cafeterias of well-known companies.
Wherever today's consumers choose to buy or eat organic products, they should be able to have confidence that these comply with strict EU rules. Products that do not meet these standards may not be referred to as organic or bear the EU's organic logo or a national equivalent .
This is why the EU regulation on organic farming covers not only production and processing, but also the control and labelling of organic food.
Wherever today's consumers choose to buy or consume organic products, they should be able to trust these products to strictly adhere to EU standards. Products that do not comply with EU standards should not be called organic products and cannot be equipped with the EU organic logo or the member country organic logo.
This is why EU organic agricultural regulations include not only the production and processing of organic products, but also management and labelling.
Organic farmers, processors and traders, must comply with strict EU requirements if they want to use the EU organic logo or label their products as organic.
The EU requires an equally strict control system with checks carried out at every stage of the organic chain. Every operator (farmer, processor, trader, importer or exporter) is checked at least once a year, or more often on the basis of risk assessment .
So whenever you buy organic food, you can be confident that it has been produced in accordance with strict environmental and animal welfare rules and checked accordingly.
Farmers, processors and sellers of organic products must strictly adhere to EU requirements if they wish to place EU organic marks or labels on their products.
The European Union needs a control system of the same strictness to review at various organic product industry chain links. Each operator (farmer, processor, seller, importer, exporter) will be reviewed at least once a year or more times based on risk estimates.
Therefore, no matter where you buy organic food, you can be sure that the products you buy strictly comply with environmental protection and animal protection regulations and are inspected accordingly.
Labelling of organic produce
As well as the standard list of ingredients and nutritional value figures, organic product labels should bear the name of the producer, processor or distributor who last handled the item. The name or code number of the national certification authority should also be on the label.
The name or code number of the control authority or body in the EU which checked the operator should also be on the label.
Labelling of organic products
As with the ingredient and nutritional value standard tables, organic product labels should also include the name of the manufacturer and the name of the last processor or distributor of the product. The name and code number of the national certification body should also be reflected on the label.
The name or code number of the EU regulatory authority or agency that reviews the product operator should also appear on the label.