Organic Rules and Certification

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  • Organic regulations/standards by region
    • Europe
      • Austria
        • Bio Austria Market rules
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Title Description Difference Justification and Comments
Animal breeding, pigs - AT Bio Austria Special Market Rules 2006
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Only pigs which are resistant to stress (with proved NN status) may be used for breeding piglets. This must be recorded and proved.
The BA Special Market Rules 2006 are more detailed than the EU Regulation. EU Regulation 2092/91 point 3.1 of annex I B has only a general statement that for intensive livestock breeds with typical diseases or health problems (e.g. stress-syndrome) should be avoided. The main reason for the rule is a better quality assurance to create high confidence by consumers.
Animal fodder, conventional/organic feed, hens - AT Bio Austria Special Market Rules 2006
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Organic farms which deliver products to a “Bio Austria Marketing Project” have to fulfill further hen feeding restrictions in addition to the general standard of Bio Austria. Conventional feed components are forbidden except the following for which insufficient quantities are available from organic Austrian origin; sugar beet pulp, expeller of rape seed, linseed, sunflower seed and pumpkin seed, potato protein, maize gluten, brewer’s yeast and molasses (only as binding agent).
The BA Special Market Rules 2006 restrict the amount of some feed as they allow only sugar beet pulp, expeller of rape seed, linseed, sunflower seed and pumpkin seed, potato protein, brewer’s yeast and molasses (only as binding agent) as conventional feed from the list of annex II C of the EU Regulation 2092/91. The main reason for reduction is to create high consumer confidence. Another reason is to minimise the risks of GMO contamination.
Animal fodder, general requirements - AT Bio Austria Special Market Rules 2006
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Organic farms which deliver products to a “Bio Austria Marketing Project” have to fulfil further feeding restrictions in addition to the general rules. Conventional feed is not permitted, with two exceptions; sugar beet pulp and molasses as a binding agent up to 10 % of additionally purchased organic feed. (Because in this case the self-made basic feed and the added ready-made feed are not calculated the part of this feed is really small.)
The Bio Austria Special Market Rules 2006 contain further restrictions with regard to the permitted amount of some feed. The BA Special Market Rules 2006 allow only sugar beet pulp and molasses (only as binding agent) as conventional feed from the list of annex II C of the EU Regulation 2092/91. The permitted amount of this feed is limited too. It is related to additional purchased single feed material from organic farming and may only be used in connection to those. Because the roughage and the ready-made organic feed (organic mixed fodder) can not be a basis for calculation, the use of these two feeds is reduced to less than 5 % (which is the current maximum for conventional feed). The main reason for the reduction is to create high consumer confidence. Another reason is to minimise the risks of GMO contamination.
Animal fodder, pigs - AT Bio Austria Special Market Rules 2006
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Organic farms which deliver products to a “Bio Austria Market Project” have to fulfil further pig feeding restrictions in addition to the general rules. Conventional feed components are forbidden except the following ones for which insufficient quantities of organic Austrian origin are available; sugar beet pulp, expeller of rape seed, linseed, sunflower seed and pumpkin seed, potato protein, brewer’s yeast and molasses (only as binding agent).
The BA Special Market Rules 2006 restrict the permitted amount of some feed as they allow only sugar beet pulp, expeller of rape seed, linseed, sunflower seed and pumpkin seed, potato protein, brewer’s yeast and molasses (only as binding agent) as conventional feed from the list of annex II C of the EU Regulation 2092/91. The main reason for reduction is to create high consumer confidence. Another reason is to minimise the risks of GMO contamination.
Free range conditions, access, pigs - AT Bio Austria Special Market Rules 2006
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Pigs for fattening must always have access to exercise yards.
The BA Special Market Rules 2006 contain further requirements with regard to the outdoor access. Permanent and daily outdoor access is not required under EU Regulation 2092/91 (annex I B 8.3.8.). There is an exemption in annex I B 8.5.1 for buildings existing before 1999 until the year 2010. This exemption according to 8.5.1 of annex I B can not be granted. The main reason for reduction is to create high confidence by consumers. Another reason is that the permanent outdoor access is seen as better for animal health.