Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2017

European Parliament News Item, 22 November 2017

ORGANIC FOODS – Parliament’s Discussion: Organic food: green light for fresh EU rules 

New rules to increase consumer trust in organic foodstuffs and unleash the sector′s potential for growth were approved by the Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.

MEPs gave the go-ahead to the new EU law on organic production and labelling, as agreed by Parliament’s negotiators and EU governments on 28 June and endorsed on Monday by the Council’s Special Committee on Agriculture, by 29 votes to 11, with four abstentions.

To increase consumers’ trust:

Four years after entry into force of this regulation, the Commission would report back on how efficient the EU anti-contamination rules and national thresholds are and, if need be, come up with a draft law to harmonise them.

To boost EU organic food production:

More detailed information about the new EU rules are available in the background note.


“Today’s positive vote is very good news for both EU consumers and farmers. Thanks to the Parliament’s pressure, new rules will make seeds and plant reproductive material adapted to the organic farming needs more accessible. By default, organic production will have to be soil-based. Imports to the EU will have to comply with our strict standards and will be easier to check. Finally, the new law will help to address the needs of a rapidly growing organic market”, said rapporteur and chief EP negotiator Martin Häusling (Greens/EFA, DE).

Next steps

The agreed text still needs to be approved by the Parliament as a whole and the Council before it can enter into force. It shall apply from 1 January 2021.

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