Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Debate Over the EU Bio Logo

"European experts from 21 countries joined together in Plovidiv, Bulgaria, to discuss the future of organic food and farming in the context of the CAP Health check, the new organic regulation and other relevant issues. In a pre-press conference on April 2, the Bulgarian deputy minister of agriculture Dimiter Peychev and Marco Schl├╝ter, director of the IFOAM EU Group, outlined that “organic production provides great opportunities for Bulgarian agriculture and will be its future”.

The seminar discussed the hot news of the need to postpone introduction of the proposed new mandatory EU ‘bio’ logo, part of the new organic regulation due to come into force on 1st January 2009. It includes the requirement for an EU logo to be on the labels of all packaged organic foods. A new logo was approved in principle in January 2008 but has just been withdrawn due to similarities with an existing trademark. As a result, the Commission will ask the Council to postpone its mandatory introduction until 1st January 2010 to give time for a new logo to be commissioned."

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