Organic Rules and Certification

Veterinary treatent, parasite control - UK Compendium 2005

Padel, Susanne and Lowman, Steve (2005) Veterinary treatent, parasite control - UK Compendium 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Growth promoting substances, or hormones to promote growth or affect reproduction, may not be used, but hormones may be used for the therapeutic veterinary treatment of an individual animal. Veterinary treatments that are compulsory under national or EU law are not prohibited. Livestock may not be treated with organophosphate chemicals. However, f they must be treated with organophosphates by law, then they must be permanently marked, their meat may not be sold as organic, and their other products may be sold as organic only after a full conversion period.

Difference

UK Compendium contains an additional subsection, which places a prohibition on the use of organophosphate (OP) treatments, If OP treatments must be used by law, then the meat from the treated animal may not be sold as organic, and its other products may be sold as organic only with inspection body agreement and after a full conversion period. EU Regulation 2092/91 does not mention OP treatments. Otherwise, UK Compendium standards on growth promoters and hormones are identical to the EU Regulation.

Justification

A specific prohibition on organic status for animals exposed to organophosphate chemicals is considered necessary to ensure that organic products will not pose any public health risk. Organophosphate chemicals have been suspected of involvement in a number of degenerative nervous diseases in both livestock and people, and these problems have been well publicised in UK. The additional text in UK Compendium continues a prohibition on organophosphate treatments in UK organic standards, which pre-dates the EU Regulation.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > B.Livestock and livestock products - Annex I B > Disease prevention and veterinary treatment/health care - Annex I B5

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:General areas of Organic Agriculture > Organic integrity
Animal husbandry > Veterinary treatment
Pollution risks/non permitted inputs > Protection against contamination
Country/Standard: Europe > UK > Governmental regulation
Principles:Principle of health
ID Code:137
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:27 Oct 2005
Last Modified:24 Nov 2008 08:18

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