"More can be done" for EU organic protections

New report finds weaknesses across European organic control bodies despite improvements on last ECA report seven years ago.

Protections against organic food fraud must improve according to a new EU report, flagging up several concerns with control measures both within and outside Europe.

With the organic market growing by 69 per cent in sales to €34.3 billion in 2017, demand for residue-free produce is rapidly rising, but more can be done to help prevent food fraud, according to the European Court of Auditors (ECA).

Just last week German importers found 40 tonnes of organic labelled frozen strawberries from Turkey, containing a “cocktail” of 25 pesticides.

The ECA inquiry revealed that checks on incoming organic produce were incomplete in some EU member states alongside a “number of weaknesses” in organic inspections.

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