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Labelling of organic products

published 16 May 2022 15:54

Products that are being put into circulation and sold as organic products shall be labelled according to legal requirements in the field of organic production, circulation and labelling of organic products. Thus, according to the Law of Ukraine “On Basic Principles and Requirements for Organic Production, Circulation and Labelling of Organic Products” (hereinafter – the Organic Law) the product may be labelled organic, if it has been produced following legal requirements in the field of organic production, circulation and labelling of organic products, and contains at least 95% organic ingredients of agricultural origin (by weight, not including water and cooking salt), and not more than 5% (by weight) of non-organic ingredients, included in the List of substances (ingredients, components) authorised for use in organic production, and which are allowed to be used in the maximum permissible amount. Organic production of such a product shall be confirmed by a certificate.

Organic products that are being put into circulation and sold, shall be labelled with the state label for organic products.

The state logo for organic products shall be placed exclusively on the products produced under the legislation of Ukraine in the field of production, circulation and labelling of organic products, which is confirmed by the certificate that certifies that the production process and circulation of the products comply with the legal requirements in the field of organic production, circulation and labelling of organic products.

The state logo for organic products approved by the Order No 67 of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine as of 22.02.2019 can be applied to any packaging, label (sticker), consumer packaging, back label, bottle collar, docket, cork, information sheet, documents, statement, and other packaging elements accompanying the organic products or referring to it). Technical description of the state logo for organic products (in Ukrainian).

The necessary element of labelling an organic product shall be its code number placed under the state logo for organic products and containing:

an acronym that identifies the country of origin;

the inscription “organic”;

the registration code of the certification body that has certified organic production.

When labelling organic products under the legislation on organic production, circulation and labelling of organic products, it is allowed to additionally use other logos introduced by the operators involved in the production and sale of organic products, or by their associations, if such logos are not forbidden by law.

Labelling of organic products shall be subject to the written consent of the certification body whose registration code is stated on the labelling. Such consent shall be granted free of charge.

It is prohibited to label with the state organic logo of products that have not been organically produced, as well as use for labelling such products any marks and inscriptions such as “organic”, “biodynamic”, “biological”, “ecological”, “natural” and/or any words that are their cognates and/or derived from them with prefixes “bio-”, “eco-”, etc. in any language.

Advertising any non-organic product as organic, including the use of the inscription “organic product” in product names and trademarks, shall be regarded as unfair advertising

Products brought for sale on the customs territory of Ukraine, which are accompanied by the respective certificate confirming organic production and/or circulation of such products in the country of origin, shall be recognised in Ukraine as organic products, and the inscriptions on the original labels such as “organic”, “biodynamic”, “biological”, “ecological”, “natural” and/or any words that are their cognates and/or derived from them with prefixes “bio-”, “eco-”, etc., shall be labelled in Ukrainian with the inscription “органічний продукт” (“organic product”).

When labelling non-organic products, the list of ingredients of the product may include organically produced ingredients only if their content is more than 2%. In this case, the list of ingredients shall contain the percentage of organically produced ingredients (by weight, not including water and cooking salt) of the total quantity of the ingredients. This being said, information about such ingredients shall appear in the same font colour and size that the rest of the information in the List of substances (ingredients, components) authorised for use in organic production, and which are allowed to be used in the maximum permissible amount.

Labelling with the state organic logo of products that have not been organically produced, as well as use for labelling such products any marks and inscriptions such as “organic”, “biodynamic”, “biological”, “ecological”, “natural” and/or any words that are their cognates and/or derived from them with prefixes “bio-”, “eco-”, etc. in any language shall mean a deception of buyers or customers. Such products shall be recalled under the law.

The operators shall be liable for violations of legislation in the field of organic production, circulation and labelling of organic products according to Article 40 of the Law.

Methodological recommendations for labelling of organic food and feed products (in Ukrainian)

Guidelines for the application of the state logo for organic products (in Ukrainian)

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