The Organics Council ® works towards guaranteeing that organic food (both content and packaging) is exactly what the public expects: natural and safe, for both humans and the planet. Our regulations ensure this by implementing the following criteria:
Farming. Food must not be purposefully exposed to synthetic chemicals, toxic substances or harmful processes. All feasible measures must be taken to reduce incidental contamination of food throughout the entire production process, from farm to shelf.
Food processing. Processed food goods must have no synthetic additives, even if this means compromising on aspects such as consistent colour for the sake of a healthier product. Contamination with processing aids and other substances must also be avoided, with quality assurance measures in place to prevent it.
Food Packaging. Packaging must not contaminate food with harmful substances. Food packaging that is made following Organics Council ® standards is scientifically proven to be the safest choice.
Safety testing. The level of chemical residues in food products must be more closely investigated, especially in organic food production, to establish the scope of the problem and inform us on how to monitor and reduce chemical contamination of soils, crops and livestock. Contaminant residue testing should be a standard requirement, and a more robust regulatory oversight is essential.
Sustainability. Organic standards must protect the natural environment to the same level as they protect human health and animal welfare, as the well-being of all creatures depends directly on the health of our planet.
Until our work on Organic Food Regulations is complete, we are in strong support of EFSA’s and FDA’s best statutory regulations. Our main focus is currently on promoting Organic Non-Food Goods Regulation, as the almost complete lack of regulations in this area is of utmost concern.