Euro-MPs gave the green lightweight Thursday to a new law on organic meals production and naming, with a view to be able to boosting organic development and ensuring that just high-quality certified organic bags are sold in the EU.
Parliaments vote will give more certainty and clearness to both European union farmers and consumers, said rapporteur Martin Hausling: The new European union law will increase quality of normal food in the EU but will also help to tackle the needs of a fast-growing all-natural market.
The main characteristics include:
Ensure high quality for organic food
- Strict, risk-based checks normally takes place along the logistics. Thanks to Parliaments insistence, checks might be carried out on-site and for many operators, at least per year or once every single two years if simply no fraud has been found within the last few three years.
- Imports will have to observe EU standards. Up-to-date equivalence rules, requiring non-EU countries to comply with similar but not identical criteria, will be phased out in five years.
Boost EU natural food production
- Increasing supply of organic and natural seeds and critters to meet the needs of organic and natural farmers: derogations allowing the usage of conventional seeds along with animals in all-natural production should reach its expiration date in 2035.
- Mixed farms, to inspire conversion: farms providing both conventional together with organic food will be allowed, on condition that the 2 main farming activities tend to be clearly and effectively separated.
- Easier certification intended for small farmers: crew certification would save small farmers time and cash when turning all-natural.
Avoid contamination from traps or synthetic fertilisers
- Precautionary actions: farmers and other workers in the food supply string will be obliged in order to apply a set of new steps to avoid contamination; should a non-authorised pesticide or fertiliser is suspected to become present, the final product should not bear the actual organic label till further investigation; if perhaps contamination was purposeful or the operator didn’t apply precautionary actions, the product will lose its organic status.
- Member states that currently employ thresholds for non-authorised substances during organic food, such as pesticides, could continue to do so, if they make it easy for other EU countries organic foodstuffs complying with Euro rules to access their own markets.
Four years just after entry into force of this regulation, this Commission would report back on how efficient the EU anti-contamination rules and national thresholds are along with, if need be, make a draft law so that you can harmonise them.
The agreed copy still needs to be formally approved by the Council with EU ministers before it might enter into force. It’ll then apply via 1 January 2021.