Organic Rules and Certification

Animal fodder, conventional/organic feed - Int. Codex Alimentarius Guidelines 2005

Schmid, Otto and Ziegler, Katia (2006) Animal fodder, conventional/organic feed - Int. Codex Alimentarius Guidelines 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

All livestock systems should provide the optimum level of 100% of the diet from feedstuffs (including 'in conversion' feedstuffs) produced to the requirements of these guidelines. (Codex Alimenarius Article 13) For an implementation period to be set by the competent authority, livestock products will maintain their organic status providing feed, consisting of at least 85% for ruminants and 80% for non-ruminants and calculated on a dry matter basis, is from organic sources produced in compliance with these Guidelines(Article 14).

Difference

The Codex Alimentarius Guidelines do allow a higher percentage of conventional feed compared to the EU Regulation 2092/91, which has been changed in the year 2005 and is reducing in a step-wise procedure the amount on non-conventional feed: until 31 December 2007 for herbivores 5 % and for non-herbivores 15 %. After this period these amounts will be further reduced. Whereas Codex Alimentarius does not set any limits for the purchase of organic off farm fodder, the EU Regulation requires 50% of the feed of herbivores to come from the farm unit itself or in case this is not feasible, be produced on other organic farms.

Justification

As the Codex Alimentarius Guidelines is a world-wide guideline for national regulations, the requirements for organic feed allow some more flexibility for national competent authorities regarding the use of non-organic feed due to the fact that not in all countries the production of organic feed is already sufficient developed. The principle of availabilty is relevant.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > B.Livestock and livestock products - Annex I B > Animal feed/Animal nutrition - Annex I B4

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Animal husbandry > Feed/Nutrition
Country/Standard:Codex Alimentarius Guideline
Principles:Principle of care
Principle of fairness
ID Code:1017
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:27 Aug 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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