Finnish organic products are produced in compliance with the rules
The deviations from the rules observed in organic production in 2010 were seldom related to the product. Prohibited inputs were hardly used at all. Through the controls, the entry of even these batches onto the market was prevented. In all, the number of breaches of the rules decreased compared to 2009.
Marketing bans were issued to three food operators only. In plant production, the use of prohibited fertilisers or plant protection products on organic farms was not observed. There was a reduction in the non-compliance with the rules with regards to book-keeping. The greatest deficiencies concerned parallel cultivation, for which a permit is required, but the permit is not always applied for. The marketing bans as to animal production were caused mainly by issues with the origin of the animals and the requirements for outdoor excercise yards.
4 367 operators are covered by the organic controls. In practice, the number remained at the same level as in 2009. Organic cultivation increased both as to land area and the number of animals. The development corresponds to the general movement of the agricultural structure towards larger farms.
The total costs for controls of organic production increased somewhat compared to 2009. The implementation costs paid by the operators had not changed since 2009.
The aim of the monitoring of organic production is to retain the consumers’ trust in organic products and to ensure a level playing field for the operators. Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira steers and plans the monitoring of organically produced agricultural products, feed and food in Finland.
The control decisions will have to be made more quickly. The Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres) made 81 per cent of the decisions within 60 days of the production controls. At Evira, the corresponding share was 95 per cent. Most of the controls were carried out during the summer, which means that decision-making is concentrated to a short period of time. In the future, more controls will be carried out outside the summer period.
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For additional information:
Senior Officer Juha Kärkkäinen, Evira, tel. +358 40 357 5959