I've bought an organic product from a supermarket and it does not show your logo – is it organic?

'Organic' is a term defined by EU law. This means that anyone who is using the term on a food product needs to hold a licence with an approved certification body.

Legally, a company does not need to show a certification symbol on pack but if the product has been produced and/or processed in the UK they must show their UK code.

There are 10 certification bodies in the UK. Each certification body within the UK is given a UK code - the Soil Association is UK5 (GB-ORG-05 from 2012). The number awarded has nothing to do with stringency standards but rather the order in which Defra received applications from the certification body.

The EU has set basic standards for organic production and it is up to the individual member states to translate this into their own law. In the UK, the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is responsible for this. Any organic product imported into the EU must be compliant with EU standards, local inspection bodies and the work of competent authorities ensure this.

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