Alert for bogus organic products

ORGANIC FARMERS and growers are being warned to look out for products that are falsely marketed as suitable for use on organic farms.

The Soil Association has said it is aware that some companies are falsely claiming that their products are approved for use on organic farms.

The warning concerns inputs such as products to control pest and disease as well as composts and supplementary nutrients.

Some products are said to be marketed as suitable for organic farms even though they contain materials that are prohibited under organic standards.

Others have been falsely marketed as approved for use in organic systems by the SA, when no approval has been granted.  

The SA said examples include a company that actively marketed a “natural herbicide” as suitable for use in organic systems even though herbicides are prohibited under European organic law.

In another case, a pest and disease product was sold for use in organic systems when it was not even registered with the Pesticides Safety Directorate.

“This type of marketing practice is unacceptable. We will seek legal advice on behalf of our members if necessary,” said Phil Stocker, head of agriculture at the SA.

“We may have to make public the names of companies who persist in making false claims.”

The organisation has urged organic producers to check with manufacturers or suppliers that any product is permitted for use on organic farms or to contact the SA itself in case of doubt.

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