25th febrero 2024 9:10 am

25th febrero 2024 9:10 am

Protecting organic integrity following EU legislation: the role of the control institutions

In the previous article in TOS 190 we described the responsibility organic operators have, to safeguard the integrity of the organic supply chain. In this article we will focus on the responsibilities of the control bodies and control authorities as described in article 29(1) of regulation 2018/848 (described here together as control institutions). And to prevent ourselves from writing too long a piece, we will concentrate on just three parts of the article.

One: Act on substantiated information
The control institutions have to check whether companies producing, handling and importing organic products follow the rules of Article 27 and 28 by having set up appropriate internal procedures. They do this regularly, via inspection of the company. This is a prerequisite for the function of the overall new system.
Article 29(1) describes what the control institutions need to do in case substantiated information about the presence of a non-allowed substance arises. This information can be provided by operators that have a substantiated suspicion themselves. But this is only one possible source of information, other information can come from an investigation by control institutions or from another source, for example food safety control authorities.

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