During the two years of the law “on organic products”, the number of producers who received the “organic products” mark for their goods has grown to 146. In 2022, organic cloudberries and asparagus were first registered.
In Russia, there were one and a half times more producers with the sign “organic production” for 2022, Roskachestvo established. By the end of the year, there were 146 producers registered in the “unified register of organic producers” of the Ministry of Agriculture against 100 for 2021, according to the message of Roskachestvo, which was reviewed sfera.fm .
Among the producers of organic products, grain producers are the most so far, Roskachestvo notes — they account for a third of all certificates issued. They are also active in obtaining certificates in the field of vegetable growing, animal husbandry, and feed. Roskachestvo noted that in 2022 certificates were issued for the first time for organic rice, asparagus, wild berries: cloudberry, knyazhenika.
Roskachestvo reminds that in order to sell its products under the “organic” sign, the manufacturer needs to get the appropriate result. Before issuing the certificate, the authorized bodies conduct studies confirming that: agrochemicals, hormonal preparations and other chemical means of protection and growth stimulation are not used in the production of products; genetic engineering is not used, products containing GMOs are not used in the production; hydroponics, ionization is not used; there are no food additives, dyes and flavor enhancers of chemical origin in the products, and the packaging does not belong to the harmful environment.
Producers who use the “organic products” sign, without having an official certificate, may be subject to administrative punishment, Roskachestvo clarified. However, manufacturers can still call their product “eco” and “bio”, even if it is not related to organic production, so Roskachestvo reminds customers of vigilance and when choosing organic products advises them to look for the appropriate sign or QR code leading to the register of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Earlier sfera.fm She reported that a law is under consideration that will prohibit manufacturers from calling their products “eco” and “bio” without having an organic producer certificate. However, dairy producers pointed out that the prefix “bio” refers to many products that use beneficial bacteria: bio yogurt, bio kefir, and so on, and that this may force manufacturers to remove such a product from the assortment.
A source: https://sfera.fm