Labelling and the organic logo after Brexit
What does Brexit mean for organic labelling?
As the organic experts in the UK, we’ve been in regular communication with the UK government and other trade and policy stakeholders to clarify what Brexit means for organic labelling.
This information is correct at the time of publishing (21st September 2022).
Since December 31st 2020, businesses have needed to be certified by Soil Association Certification in order to label food and drink products as organic.
The UK retained its existing organic Control Body certification codes (for example ‘GB-ORG-05’ for Soil Association Certification) for product packed in the UK, where the product is within the scope of the trade agreement i.e. produced or substantially processed in the UK. Read more about trade deal scopes on our export resources page.
The EU leaf remains optional, but where used on labels for product packed in the UK, unless the product qualifies (>98% from one origin) to carry a single origin statement (e.g. 'Welsh agriculture') the EU agricultural origin statement (i.e. EU/non-EU Agriculture) should be used.
Goods are placed on the EU market (agreement to transfer ownership or offer of sale to supply after manufacturing has taken place would constitute this) before December 31st 2020 continued to be distributed and sold with labelling that met pre-Brexit organic requirements.
Unless a single country statement can be employed, a UK origin statement (i.e. UK/non-UK Agriculture) must now be used on product packed in GB.
If you are in Northern Ireland and ingredients for your product are produced within GB and you are applying the EU Leaf logo, you will need to change the required EU statement of agriculture to reflect non-EU origin.
All other general organic labelling requirements can be found in section 5.8 of our Food and Drink standards.
Any new labels must comply with current labelling requirements. However, operators may use up existing labelling on product placed on the GB market until 31st December 2023. (The original deadline of 30th September 2022 was extended in mid-September 2022.)
Please note: This changed date also applies to other general labelling requirements (not specific to organic), such as pre-packaged food or caseins sold in GB being required to include a UK address for the FBO or importer (not an EU address). Find out more about labelling requirements here.
We can provide feedback on draft labelling amendments. If you’d like to send draft amended labels, please complete the Brexit Labelling Changes Submission Form below and send this to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For exports to non-EU countries after December 31st 2020, we are advised that these countries will expect the original GB certification codes (e.g. GB-ORG-05) to be used. We advise checking with organic authority in the export market whether labels will be accepted. Some markets may have additional or different requirements (e.g. South Korea will not to accept the EU logo for products packed in GB).
Labelling Guidelines for UK organic food and feed products from 1st January 2021Read them here
Brexit Labelling Changes Submission FormDownload here
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