European Commission Implements changes to Organic food rules by Nick Boley

The European Commission has published a new Regulation, Commission Implementing Regulation 354/2014, which amends the rules for the production labelling and control of organic foods.

The Regulation covers fertilisers and plant protection products used in the production of organic foods, and changes some limits for specific substances in some fertilisers and plant protection products. A good example of this is the change of the limit for Chromium (VI) –  a known serious toxin – being changed from zero to “not detectable” in certain products or by-products of animal origin. A zero limit is extremely difficult to enforce and poses significant problems for analytical chemists, whereas a not detectable limit can be enforced and recognises the advances made recently in the separation and measurement at lower limits of detection of this particular species of chromium.





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