The EU organic seal
Who respects in the EU when shopping in organic food, you must often fight through a jungle of labels and names related to organic or organic products, without knowing what exactly is hidden behind it. In order to create clarity for consumers and consistency on the European food market for organic products, the EU introduced in July 2010 its own Eco-label.
The white-star-shaped leaf on a green Background, in the future label food which has been produced according to EC-Eco-regulation. Eventually, it is hoped, will disappear with a variety of Eco label and the EU seal apply. But that is not for the time being. Because the labels of farming associations, and retail chains are not only successful brands, but often also to organic.
Eco and Bio: Protected terms
The good news for all consumers is: “Eco,” “Eco” in it. As a term, just like “organic”, “organic” or “organic,” of the EC-Eco-regulation-protected and may only be used if the product has been produced to 95 per cent organic ingredients. Food from the “controlled cultivation” is not, however, meet automatically, the EC-Eco-regulation. Similar applies to the use of misleading terms such as “natural fertilization”, “environmentally friendly” or “untreated”. Because names alone are always an indication of whether it is actually Eco-products, customers should pay attention to the printed label. A distinction is made between the seals of farming associations such as Bioland, Demeter or the Biopark, as well as the many organic own brands of supermarkets. While the associations trust that the food come exclusively from members of the Union, can not be traced to the origins of ingredients for products with organic brand and more. Guaranteed but, nevertheless, that such products were produced at least in accordance with the EU-Eco-regulations.
Bio-Siegel in Germany
In Germany alone there are well over 100 Bio-seal. To clear the label-jungle a bit, introduced in 2001, the then Minister for consumer protection, Renate Künast today the best-known German Eco-label: The honeycomb-shaped “Künast”seal of approval by the state. Although it is the most widely used organic seal on the German market, it could displace other Eco Label and organic brands. The reason is the much stricter requirements of the farming associations and the supermarket chains in terms of their ecological production. So is mandatory in the case of most associations, for example, that the whole of the manufacturers operating in an ecologically liable economy. In order to obtain the EU seal is sufficient, however it is an organic part of management. Also, when the protection of animals or feed production associations often demand higher Standards than all of the requirements of the EU.
For growing associations and dealer chains your seal have become an economic Good, which has the confidence of the consumers. Not damaging to brands and the Association, be carried out much more stringent checks. In addition to the legally prescribed Checks on associations, check in about in addition, the Association internally, the quality of their products. This measure also contributes to confidence-building, so that it can be assumed that in the future, in addition to the EU organic seal different Logos on the products.
Origin of organic products
After all, the origin of the ingredients of the food is at least somewhat transparent. With the introduction of the new EU logo labelling is now mandatory, and which provides information on whether a product comes fully, partially, or not at all from the EU. Only when all the ingredients come from a single country, can be listed the country of origin. Just the fact the consumer should have an eye. Because Bio yogurt with imported milk from France, as well as flown-in seafood from Spain is also not in the case of animal welfare and ungespritztem fruit really organic. In addition, food in case of long Transport as well as harvesting does not lose in the immature state is irrelevant to quality.