Why do you allow additives in organic food?

Organic foods are wholesome and unadulterated. This means that they are preferably whole, minimally processed and made using recipes that limit the use of additives and processing aids. 'Less is more' - is the motto underlying the processing of organic food.

The list of additives and processing aids permitted for use under the Soil Association's standards for organic food and farming is derived from the EU organic regulation on organic food 'EEC 2092/91'.

These points are always considered by the Soil Association:

  • Is it absolutely essential to the processing of certain products that the market may demand?
  • Does it, or its production process, have any significant adverse effects on human health or the environment?
  • Is there a food safety justification for it's inclusion?

Our standards are constantly under review by our standards setting committees, who always welcome our members' and supporters' comments and concerns. These and any amendments to the EU organic regulation on organic food, are taken into account during each review process.


It is also worth remembering that in excess of 300 food additives and processing aids are permitted under non-organic food production, more than six times the amount allowed under the Soil Association's Standards for Organic Food and Farming.

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