As a caterer you may use the Bio-Siegel to label products listed on menus, for instance, only if the following requirements are met:
If, at a food counter, on a menu or on a sign board in a dining hall, a dish, a component thereof or an ingredient is labelled as organic (or biological, eco, ecological), participation in the control procedure pursuant to EU provisions on organic farming is mandatory.
An approved certification body shall regularly verify compliance with relevant regulations. For that purpose, an establishment shall sign a contract with a control body of its choice and shall notify its activity to the authority competent within the respective federal state. Following successful checks, the establishment shall obtain a certificate of limited validity.
Organic ingredients that are purchased for a dish or the component of a menu shall be listed as organic or eco in the accounts. Controls shall verify the plausibility of volumes purchased and processed.
When designing the menus, sign boards or similar, care must be taken to ensure that the Bio-Siegel is not used in a misleading manner. A clear reference must be made to the dishes, components and other gastronomic organic products designated as "organic". For this reason, the Bio-Siegel must always be indicated in close proximity to the dishes or components to which it refers. Furthermore, the code number (DE-ÖKO-XXX) of the control body must be specified or the current certificate must be visibly displayed for the guests in the establishment.
The Bio-Siegel is registered as a protected trademark with the German Patent and Trademark Office. Any claims as to rights of prohibtion or damages which might result under private law shall be pursued by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) as the proprietor of the trademark.
Before you use the Bio-Siegel for promotion you shall notify your intention to the Bio-Siegel Information Service and shall also provide samples of the menu, the display or other items to be labelled.
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