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.