What should I look out for on the label of an organic product?

'Organic' is a term defined by EU law. This means that anyone who is using the term on a food product needs to hold a licence with an approved certification body. Each certification body within the UK is given a UK code - the Soil Association is UK5 (GB-ORG-05 from 2012). The number awarded has nothing to do with stringency standards but rather the order in which DEFRA received applications from the certification body. Legally, a company does not need to show a certification symbol on pack but if the product has been produced and/or processed in the UK they must show the code. We also ask that all products have a full ingredient list on the product label.

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