How do you recognize organic food?

How do you recognize organic food?

In order to really make sure that a food has organic quality, in Austria there are certain labels that have to be declared. Often, terms such as “from environmentally friendly agriculture”, “directly from the farmer” or “from happy chickens” mislead us. All this has nothing to do with the Austrian labelling of organic food.

In Austria there are three mandatory labellings that have to be printed on the packaging of an organic product: the EU organic logo, the code number of the inspection body and the origin of the processed ingredients. In addition to the mandatory labellings, other organic logos may also appear on the packaging. How do you recognize organic food?

The code number of the inspection body could look like this: AT-BIO-302: AT would stand for Austria, the country in which the inspection was carried out. BIO stands for the relation to organic farming. The three-digit number can be used to identify the respective inspection body.

If an organic product has the EU organic logo on it’s packaging, it means that it meets the requirements of the EU organic regulations. These regulations include the following points:

  • At least 95% of the ingredients were produced organically from agricultural sources.
  • The product does not contain any genetically modified organisms or was produced from them.
  • Compliance with the requirements is checked at least once a year by an independent inspection body.

In Austria the terms “organic”, “ecological”, “bio-” or “eco-” are limited to these controlled organic foods.

As you can see, there are clear rules on how organic food must be labelled. Now you can pay attention to the labels yourself and maybe your next grocery shopping will be more exciting than you think…

We hope that you have learned something new today! See you soon!

The Salzburg Grain Mills