Organic Processing and Trade Association

Facts and figures about presence of non-authorized substances in organic

Date and time:February 16, 2024 | 10:00
Location: BIOFACH Room St. Petersbourg

Much has been said about the issue of residues of non-authorized substances in organics, but the dimension of the problem is less well-known. Which is the proportion of organic products that contain non-authorized substances? Which are the most widespread non-authorized substances found in organics? Are facts and figures in line with the official figures issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) every year?

To get a clear picture of the problem, a number of EU companies analyzed 20,000 samples along the organic supply chain. The data collection provides a detailed picture of the problem, and also shed a new light on a longstanding problem: who should bear the burden of proof when the non-authorized substance is also naturally occurring or a contaminant present in the environment, as it happens in the majority of cases? Which lessons can be drawn in terms of control/certification and policymaking?

  • Day: 16.02.2024
  • Time: 10.00 – 11.00
  • Room: St. Petersbourg

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