Organic products range from fresh fruit and vegetables directly from the farm to wines and cheeses aged for several years.
The sales channels are equally different
many are now expanding and developing their organic product ranges while still respecting consumer confidence.
Wherever today's consumers choose to buy or eat organic products, they should be able to trust that they comply with strict EU rules.
Products that do not meet these standards can not be listed as organic or bear the EU organic logo or national equivalent.
This is why the EU regulation on organic farming concerns not only the production and processing, but also the control and labeling of organic food.
Organic farmers and traders must meet the stringent EU requirements if they want to use the EU organic logo or label their products as organic.
The EU requires an equally rigorous control system with controls carried out at each stage of the biological chain.
Each operator (farmer, processor, dealer, importer or exporter) is checked at least once a year, or more often on the basis of risk assessment.
Therefore, every time you buy organic food, you can be sure that it has been produced in accordance with the strict environmental and animal welfare rules and controlled accordingly.
In addition to the standard list of ingredients and nutritional values, organic product labels should include the name of the manufacturer, transformer or distributor who handled the item last. The code number of the national certification authority should be indicated on the label.
Furthermore, the regulation (EU) no. 1169/2011 on the provision of food information, provides the minimum nutrition requirements.