What innovations does the new EU organic legislation bring? (2,3)
- Principles and goals are more modern and include sustainability and regionality.
- The concept of organic plant breeding is defined for the first time. This aims to improve genetic diversity and the use of resistant and adaptable varieties.
- Progress in animal welfare with regard to species-specific behavioural needs, such as rules on exercise.
- Establishing a list of authorised detergents and disinfectants.
- Stricter risk-based controls on the supply chain.
- Alignment of imports with EU law (expiry of the equivalence model).
- The enrichment of organic baby food, infant formula and follow-on formula with vitamins and minerals remains permitted and is now defined in the Organic Regulation.
- All companies along the value chain must take proportionate and appropriate precautions within their sphere of influence to avoid contamination with unauthorised products.