EU organic leaf logo now compulsory
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The new EU organic logo is compulsory from 1 July 2012 onwards on all pre-packed organic food products that meet the necessary standards, Europolitics reports. Operators had a two-year transition period to adapt to the new rules in order to avoid wastage of existing packaging. Private, regional or national labels may continue to exist alongside the EU logo.
The Euro-leaf will continue to remain optional for non-packed and imported organic products. Under a series of bilateral deals signed with third countries, non-EU organic products may be recognised if produced “under the same or equivalent conditions as EU producers”. However, their labels must clearly state the source of the product. According to Commission officials, the label was already gaining widespread recognition among consumers. According to a Eurobarometer survey, that will be published soon, the logo is already familiar to about 24 % of EU citizens.