Organic Rules and Certification

Veterinary treatment, parasite control - UK Soil Association Organic Standards 2005

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

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Summary

Veterinary treatments to control parasites, which involve the use of organo-phosphorus or organo-chlorine compounds, are not permitted unless required by law. If so required, any animals treated cannot be used for organic meat, and their milk cannot be sold as organic until the completion of a full conversion period. Soil Association Organic Standards. Paragraphs 10.10.27 and 10.10.28.

Difference

Soil Association Standards include a prohibition that is not part of the EU Regulation 2092/91. The EU Regulation places no specific prohibition on organo-phosphorus or organo-chlorine compounds for veterinary treatment. Soil Association standards prohibit these compounds. Soil Association standards comply with UK Compendium of Organic Standards, Annex 1B, Paragraph 5.5 in prohibiting Organo-phosphorus compound, but UK Compendium does not include the prohibition on organo-chlorine compounds.

Justification

Organophosphate chemicals have been suspected of involvement in a number of degenerative nervous diseases in livestock, producers and consumers. Organo-chlorine chemicals have been implicated in many environmental and public health problems. A specific prohibition is considered necessary on organic status for the products of animals exposed to these chemicals to ensure that organic products will not pose any public health or environmental risk.

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:Pollution risks/non permitted inputs > Non-permitted inputs (pesticides, etc)
Environmental care/environmental impact
Animal husbandry > Veterinary treatment
Country/Standard: Europe > UK > Soil Association Organic Standards
Principles:Ecological principle
Principle of health
ID Code:182
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:20 Nov 2005
Last Modified:24 Nov 2008 08:19

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