The EU is to recognise all six of the UK’s organic control bodies for 12 months following the end of the EU Exit transition period. This will allow organic produce from the UK to continue to be traded across European markets next year. These markets would otherwise have been closed to the UK sector from 1 January 2021.
Organic Farmers and Growers (OF&G) welcomes the move, while pointing out that uncertainty remains over the regulatory status beyond 2021 with a new EU organic regulation coming into effect on 1 January 2022.
“This is a short-term gain for the industry and the news will be a relief to the organic sector that’s been living with uncertainty for so long,” said OF&G chief executive Roger Kerr. “But it still doesn’t deliver the robust national organic equivalency agreement between the UK and EU we’re calling for.”
The NFU says UK organic mutual equivalence with the EU should be included within the draft Free Trade Agreement under negotiation.