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FAQ Organic food and Products - Frequently Asked Questions - Organic Link - ITC(21)

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     Can a label indicating organic quality be trusted?

     It depends on in which market and on what kind of product, the label is found. If the product is marketed in a country, which has implemented regulations on labeling of organic products and which has established an effective control system, the label can be trusted. If there is no regulation on the use of the term "organic" or similar terms on products, anybody may use the term on their products without the statement having been verified by a certification body. Additionally, organic regulations refer to certain kinds of products of agricultural origin. Hence, if the statement is used on a product not covered by the organic regulation (for example a fish product) the term may not be trusted. It would depend on whether the product had received certification against for instance private standards on organic aquaculture.