Organic products can be identified by their label markings and the accompanying Certificate.
It is imperative to take special care when purchasing packaged products in order to ensure that they are intact and have not been tampered with. The minimum requirements for product labels are listed below:
- The product’s commercial name and its certification stage (organic stage – for products containing at least 95% organic ingredients). It should be noted that the percentage refers to all agricultural ingredients, excluding water, salt, and most additives.
- The natural ingredients used in the product and whether they have been produced using organic methods.Every product that has organic ingredients is usually marked with an asterisk (*), which refers to the phrase “product of organic farming” or the word “organic”. An organic product that includes organic farming ingredients only in the ingredients list and not in the name is a conventional product that contains some organic farming ingredients.This product should indicate the amount of organic ingredients (expressed as a percentage of the total number of agricultural ingredients).
- Information about the company responsible for manufacturing, standardizing and/or marketing the product.
- The European Union organic farming logo, which can only be displayed on products containing at least 95% organic ingredients.
- The European Code of the body that carried out the inspection and issued the certificate to the company that carried out the last handling of the product, enabling the product’s label and marketing to refer to organic production methods (the European Code of BIOHELLAS is GR-BIO -03), which is similar to the logo of the European Union for organic farming.
- Immediately beneath the European Code of the Control Organisation, the origin of the product’s ingredients (e.g. EU Agriculture, non-EU Agriculture, country of origin).
- BIOHELLAS’ logo (the Certification Body logo) controls and certifies the company in the same field of vision as the new logo of the European Union.
It should be noted that organic products that are under conversion (and can be traded with reference to their organic way of production) cannot bear the European Union logo.
Minimal marking requirements
Raw material geographic indication
New European Union logo
Whenever purchasing organic farming products in bulk (from organic markets, for example), consumers should ensure they are organic by checking their Certificate.This Certificate must display:
- The organization that controls and certifies the products (e.g. BIOHELLAS).
- The name and address of the company selling the product.
- The business’s activity (for example, trading).
- The information that identifies the certified products traded by the company, along with their certification stage (e.g. organic or under conversion).
- The validity period of the certificate, paying particular attention to its expiration date.
In addition, all companies that manufacture and/or distribute organic products, whether packaged or not, must have a valid Certificate.In this case, organic products used during production should also be included.