EU Organic ‘Euro-Leaf’ Logo Becomes Mandatory

Following a 2-year transition period to help operators adapt to the new labeling rules and avoid waste of existing packaging, organic food producers are required to display the new EU organic “Euro-Leaf” logo on prepackaged food products that have been produced in any of EU Member States effective July 1. The logo is still optional for non-prepackaged and imported organic foods., and other private, regional or national logos will continue to be allowed to appear alongside the EU label

In addition to the logo, the new labeling rules also include the compulsory indications of place of farming of the products’ ingredients and code number of the body that had been in charge of the controls.

The new rules also cover organic aquaculture production of fish, shellfish and seaweed. The rules set EU-wide conditions for the aquatic production environment, the separation of organic and non-organic units and specify animal welfare conditions including maximum stocking densities, a measurable indicator for welfare. The rules specify that biodiversity should be respected, and do not allow the use of induced spawning by artificial hormones. Organic feeds should be used supplemented by fish feeds derived from sustainably managed fisheries. Special provisions are made for bivalve mollusk production and for seaweed.

“Our hope is that the new EU logo can develop into a widely recognized symbol of organic food production across the EU, providing consumers with confidence that the goods are produced entirely in-line with the strict EU organic farming regulations,” said EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Dacian Cioloş. “I hope that these changes will give a boost to the organic farming sector, but also further enhance consumer protection.”