Promoting organic farming in Malta

Posted by Trish Riley, February 16, 2011

When consumers choose to buy organic products, they need to know that they are getting exactly what they paid for.

The ‘Euro-leaf’ label (yellow stars in a leaf shape on green) is now obligatory for organic food produced in any EU member state. Private, regional or national logos which may have preceded the leaf symbol can still be displayed alongside.

Conventional farmers must undergo a minimum conversion period of two years before they can begin producing agricultural goods that can be marketed as organic. Any produce sold during this time is identified as being ‘under conversion’. If both conventional and organic crops are being produced, then operations must be clearly separated through every stage of production.

After two years, successful operators can be granted certification and have their goods labeled as organic.

Any terms such as ‘organic’, ‘bio’, ‘eco’, and so forth, including wording used in trademarks, or practices used in advertising liable to mislead the consumer by suggesting that a product or its ingredients satisfy the requirements set out under the regulations, are not allowed for non-organic products.

via timesofmalta.com – Promoting organic farming in Malta.