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Introduction to Labelling of Organic Food Produce

According to the Labelling Directive 2000/13/EC, 'labelling' shall mean any words, particulars, trade marks, brand name, pictorial matter or symbol relating to a foodstuff and placed on any packaging, document, notice, label, ring or collar accompanying or referring to such foodstuffs. In Ireland the labelling of foodstuffs must be in English.

Similar to conventional food, the labelling of organic food produce is of the utmost importance as it ultimately informs the consumer about the produce being purchased. All general labelling legislation applicable to the labelling of conventional products should also apply to organic food produce.

For detailed information concerning the general labelling provisions of food in Ireland, please see the Food Safety Authority of Ireland publication titled "The Labelling of Food in Ireland 2002"