Labelling

In order to provide a uniform symbol for organic food across Europe, the European Commission created a new organic logo and made its use mandatory. Since 1 July 2010 it must be used on all products labelled as organic.

EU Organic Logo

In general all prepacked organic food and food products in compliance with Regulations (EC) No 834/2007 and 889/2008 must be labelled with new EU organic logo. Some transition periods apply and the old EU organic logo and products not labelled with any organic logo will disappear progressively from the market.

Use of the logo is governed by Commission Regulation (EU) No 271/2010 and in practice organic products must be labelled with the logo, the code number of the control authority or control body certifying the produce and a geographic indication of the place where the agricultural raw materials of which the product is composed were farmed (EU agriculture or non-EU agriculture).

The following products may be labelled as organic, including the use of the new EU organic logo: non-prepacked organic food, organic food imported from third countries and organic feed containing at least 95% organic agricultural products, as well as organic wine produced before 31 July 2012.


On the other hand, the following products cannot be labelled as organic products: products in conversion, processed food and feed containing less than 95% organic ingredients, products with main ingredients issued from hunting and fishing, "wine made of organic grapes", products produced according to private or national standards, and specifically animal products made of rabbits, snails, deer, etc., some aquaculture products in transition period, textiles, pet food, seeds, ornamentals, etc.