The Bio-Siegel may be used on packaging and on advertising and sales promotion materials only if it meets the requirements provided for the label’s graphic design by the Eco Label Ordinance.
The German Eco Label Act and the German Eco-Labelling Ordinance are the legal basis for the use of the Bio-Siegel.
As to the criteria for use of the Bio-Siegel, the Eco Label Act refers to the requirements provided by the EU Regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products. Products labelled with the Bio-Siegel must have been produced and controlled in accordance with these provisions. In addtion to these requirements, the German Eco Label Act also provides penal and administrative fines in case the Bio-Siegel is misused.
The Bio-Siegel may be used on non-processed agricultural products and on processed products intended for human consumption or as feedstuffs and which fall under the scope of EU regulations on organic farming. The German Eco Label Ordinance provides that, prior to its first use, products to be labelled with the Bio-Siegel must be notified to the Bio-Siegel Information Service.
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