Farming News - Relief as the UK's organic sector gains EU recognition

Relief as the UK's organic sector gains EU recognition

04 Dec 2020
Frontdesk / Arable / Livestock

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Recognition by the EU of the UK’s organic sector will ensure continued access to vital EU and Northern Irish markets and bring certainty to producers, the NFU has said.

The European Commission’s decision will mean that the UK’s six organic certification bodies will be recognised for 12 months following the end of the EU Exit transition period.

NFU organic forum chair Andrew Burgess said: “Exports to the EU have and always will be an important part of the UK organic supply chain and to be able to continue to export to that key market from January is a huge relief.

“While not the full mutual equivalency we have been pressing for, this decision should offer short-term certainty for those organic businesses who’ve been concerned over losing access to this valuable market.

“UK organic mutual equivalence with the EU is something the UK government has been seeking to be included as a technical annex within the draft Free Trade Agreement text currently being negotiated.  We hope that an agreement is reached which mutually recognises the UK and EU as having equivalent organic standards to provide more long-term certainty for the organics sector.”

Food Minister Victoria Prentis welcomed this decision: "This decision means the UK’s organic food and drink industry will have the certainty it needs to flourish after the end of the Transition Period.

"Consumers at home and abroad will continue to be able to buy and enjoy produce from our excellent organic farmers, food producers and processors".