There are lots of reasons why people like to buy organic food

It's our job to ensure that when you buy organic food, every step of its journey to you is organic.

SOPA has pledged to help the national campaign to promote organic food.  You can find out more about Why People Love Organic Food here.

 

Organic labels are legally protected

There are a number of terms used to describe food that has been produced in a 'traditional' or 'environmentally friendly' way. However the description 'organic' is the only one which is subject to European Regulation and national regulation.

Organic farmers and the makers of organic foods are not the only people to follow environmentally friendly principles. But organic production is the only independently audited and legally recognised to deliver across-the-board benefits to biodiversity, water, soils, climate change and animal welfare.

How to make sure you buy genuine organic food

All organic foods must display a label and a certification code issued by the Organic Certification Body. You can also ask for the organic certificate of the producer or the processor.  Remember that as every stage of the organic process is certified, you only need the certificate from the final processor to prove that every business in the supply chain has been thoroughly audited.

If you want to check if an organic certificate is genuine, there is an official online search facility called bioC, available here 

Always look for the EU Logo

It is a legal requirement that only organic foods that meet the strict requirements of the standards are permitted to display the EU Organic Logo. 

EU logo

This is your guarantee.  Other organic logos might be nice to show, but are not a legal requirement.  We believe that food labelling is confusing enough so we do not demand that SOPA logos are displayed AS WELL AS the mandatory EU logo.

SOPA produce is always labelled with the code

           GB-ORG-17

When you see this code you know that you are buying organic food produced to the highest standards that are implemented robustly and fairly at every step of the certification trail.

If you come across a label that you suspect is fraudulent or misleading, you should contact your local Trading Standards office.