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UKROFS Standards for organic livestock and livestock products
Common standards for organic livestock and livestock products marketed in the European Union (Regulation 1804/1999) were agreed by the Council of Ministers in July 1999.
In the UK, responsibility for the implementation of organic standards falls to the UK Register of Organic Food Standards (UKROFS). The Board of UKROFS has considered how best to put the new EU Standards for organic livestock and livestock products into effect and the Board has issued proposals for this. It is intended that the new Standards will come into effect at the end of August 2000.
In considering how to proceed, the UKROFS Board has taken into account recommendations put to it by the Organic Livestock Standards Liaison Group (OLSLG). The OLSLG comprised representatives of the six organic inspection bodies (the Biodynamic Agricultural Association (BDAA), the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA), Organic Farmers and Growers (OF&G), the Organic Food Federation (OFF), the Scottish Organic Producers Association (SOPA) and the Soil Association (SA)) together with representatives of other bodies active in the organic sector such as the National Farmers Union.
The Board has issued a draft of the Standards the Board proposes to implement together with a note setting out particular issues on which the UKROFS Board seeks comments.