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Title Code of Practice for organic food processing
Title Original Code of Practice for organic food processing
Official Acronym ProOrg
Official project number 1978_ProOrg
FiBL project number 35159
Abstract

The organic food market is one of the fastest growing food sector in the world. A major part of the organic food consumed is processed. Therefore, the increasing demand of organic food represents a major challenge for the organic food industry. Today there is a lack of mandatory standards and indications for organic food processing within the EU.

To contribute to the sustainable innovation in the organic food sector, the project has the objective to develop a flexible and practicable Code of Practice (CoP) for processors of organic foods, as well as labelling organizations. The CoP aims to provide the operators with strategies and tools for making decisions that can help them to take the best choice for careful processing methods and formulations with a limited use of additives, while addressing the organic principles, high food quality, low environmental impact and high degree of consumer acceptance. To labelling organizations, the CoP will provide an assessment and decision support tool to evaluate the compliance of process innovations with the general organic principles.

Project website

projects.au.dk/coreorganiccofund/research-projects/proorg/

Detailed Description

The organic food market is one of the fastest growing food sector in the world. A major part of the organic food consumed is processed. Therefore, the increasing demand of organic food represents a major challenge for the organic food industry.

With the exclusion of a positive list of additives and technological aids, mandatory standards for the processing of organic food are lacking in the European Regulation, as well as indications that can represent a guide for the processors in the selection of appropriate technologies and innovations in line with the organic principles.

To contribute to the sustainable innovation in the organic food sector, the project has the objective to develop a flexible and practicable Code of Practice (CoP) for processors of organic foods, as well as labelling organizations. The CoP aims to provide the operators with strategies and tools for making decisions that can help them to take the best choice for careful processing methods and formulations with a limited use of additives, while addressing the organic principles, high food quality, low environmental impact and high degree of consumer acceptance. To labelling organizations, the CoP will provide an assessment and decision support tool to evaluate the compliance of process innovations with the general organic principles.

The project builds on a participatory design and involves experts from different scientific disciplines, representatives of processors, traders, labelling organizations and other relevant stakeholders, as well as individual companies.

The development of the CoP will be based on an iterative process in which the CoP will be tested at industry and retail level by case studies and a market survey, supported with scientific experiments and analytical determinations, to define the final version.

Studies will be performed to identify consumer preferences and acceptance of processing technologies of organic food.

A dissemination plan completes the project.

Project status ongoing
Start of project 01.05.2018
End of project 30.04.2021
Financing/ Donor
  • CORE Organic Cofund
  • Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG)
(Research) Programme
  • CORE Organic Cofund/ Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG)
Project partners
  • Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria - CREA, Italy
  • Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM), Italy
  • Associazione Nazionale delle Imprese di Trasformazione e Distribuzione di prodotti Biologici e naturali (ASSOBIO), Italy
  • University of Copenhagen (KU), Denmark
  • Wageningen University (WUR), Netherland
  • Wageningen Food Biobased Research (WFBR), Netherland
  • Thuenen Institut (TI),  Germany
  • FH Münster University of Applied Sciences (FH MU),  Germany
  • Assoziation Ökologischer Lebensmittelhersteller (AÖL),  Germany
  • Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULS),   Poland
  • The French Network of Food Technology Institutes (ACTIA), France
  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France
  • Institut Technique de l’Agriculture Biologique (ITAB), France
  • The Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi), Hungary
  • University of Kassel (Uni-Kassel), Germany
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff
  • Bickel Regula (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
  • Meier Claudia (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
  • Meier Matthias (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
  • Stolz Hanna (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
Role of FiBL

Project partner; Work package leader WP4 and WP5

Research area
Themes
Date modified 20.05.2019
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