Do you think organic products are reliable? How can you check the organic origin of the products we consume?
According to the European Commission, more than 70% of European citizens have confidence in organic products, although almost 60% of these believe that the control system should be improved. Consumer confidence is not only based on quality, it also takes into account environmental protection, good animal living conditions and the promotion of rural development.
When we talk about organic farming and livestock, we are not only talking about growing or feeding without chemical synthesis or antibiotics, we are also taking into account in this type of practices other factors such as carbon footprint, the life cycle of the substances or the environmental impact of the activities. On the other hand, the use of additives and production aids is restricted, and no product is derived from genetically modified organisms.
One of the ways for the consumer population to know that a product has been controlled and meets the appropriate guidelines for organic production is that it is certified.
Eco-labelling of products enables consumers to easily and quickly recognise organic products and also ensures that production is carried out in accordance with the same guidelines. The use of this label in products is controlled by an ecological certification.
What exactly is an ecological certification?
Ecological certification is the process in which the producers of food, inputs, and processed or processed products, obtain permission to use the “ecological” rating, always under the development of inspections, controls, audits and desk review. Almost any process related to food production and processing can be certified, but this process is also applied for products, ingredients and cosmetic production.
It is interesting to note that certification is granted for a limited period of time, during which the certifying body will be responsible for its supervision.
Moreover, obtaining certification from a company is a completely voluntary initiative and demonstrates a commitment to its consumers.
Why is it important?
Certification is important as a quality guarantee for customers, which gives them confidence to purchase the products because they know they have been, and will continue to be, subject to controls by authorised bodies.
It is also important for the producer or supplier company as it is a form of recognition of its efforts to offer quality products according to ethical and sustainable environmental ideals.