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EU unifies rules for organic food

June 18, 2007

EU unifies rules for organic food

European Union agriculture ministers reached political agreement on a new regulation on organic production and labelling, which will be simpler for both farmers and consumers.

Farmers who sell produce containing at least 95 percent organic ingredients will use a special EU logo, along with a label to indicate the product's origin. Below that, there will be labelling of the organic ingredients present.

The labels can be accompanied by national and private logos, at the discretion of individual EU countries, officials said. Mass catering operations are excluded from the new rules although countries can choose to apply national rules if they wish.

EU organic farmers have had difficulty selling organic food in different EU countries as there is a patchwork of national and private logos that can be costly and complicated to obtain.

For further information, please visit the EU press release.

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