EU ORGANIC LABEL

What is the meaning of this logo?

The EU organic logo indicates that the carrying product can be legally qualified “organic” because it is in full conformity with the conditions and regulations for the organic farming sector established by the European Union. For processed products, this means that at least 95% of the agricultural ingredients are organic. Next to the new EU organic logo, a code number of the control body is displayed as wellindicating the place where the agricultural raw materials composing the product have been farmed.

The use of genetically modified organisms and derived products is prohibited. For the sake of clarity and coherence, it should not be possible to label a product as “organic” where it has to be labelled as containing GMOs or produced from GMOs. However, the regulation on genetically modified food and feed lays down a threshold (0.9%) under which a product's GMO content does not have to be indicated. Products with GMO content below this threshold can be labelled organic.

The organic label can be applied to the following agricultural products, including aquaculture and yeast:

  •  Living or unprocessed products-Processed foods-Animal feed-Seeds and propagating material
  •  Collection of wild plants and seaweed is also included in the scope of this Regulation
  •   Not included in its scope: Products from hunting and fishing of wild animals.

What does “organic farming” mean?

Organic farming is a way of producing food that respects natural life cycles. It minimises the human impact on the environment and operates as naturally as possible, in accordance with objectives and principles including the following:

  • Crops are rotated so that on-site resources are used efficiently
  • Chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilisers, antibiotics and other substances are severely restricted but can be use in specific cases. Have a look to the Article 16 Products and substances used in farming and criteria for their authorisation
  • Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are banned
  • On-site resources are put to good use, such as manure for fertiliser or feed produced on the farm
  • Disease-resistant plant and animal species adapted to the local environment are used
  • Livestock are raised in a free-range, open-air environment and are fed on organic fodder
  • Animal husbandry practices are tailored to the various livestock species

For more details information read the “Article 16 Products and substances used in farming and criteria for their authorisation" that describe which king of “non – organic” product can be used. Regulation is here

So when you buy a product with this logo, this means that you are not buying a product totally organic. This doesn’t mean it is a not trustful certification. It’s anyway a good one.

More details are also here