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Important European Court of Justice decision on adding non-organic ingredients to organic drinks

Yesterday, as expected, the European Court of Justice announced its decision on the use of non-organic seaweed powder in organic drinks.

The case concerned the addition of a non-organic ingredient (Lithothamnium calcareum seaweed powder) in the processing of prepackaged drinks produced by Natumi GmbH. The drinks had otherwise organic ingredients.

The case centred around whether the drinks could still be labelled as organic with the Lithothamnium calcareum added as a calcium fortifier in the soya and rice-based beverages.

The court ruled that an ‘organic’ drink containing Lithothamnium calcareum could not be labelled as organic under the interpretation of Article 28 of Regulation No 889/2008.

The case highlights ongoing trends around organic food, and the fact that adding non-organic elements to otherwise organic ingredients is likely to be limited.

More here.


Pour info un arrêt attendu de la Cour sur l’utilisation de denrées agricoles non bio, autorisées en agriculture bio, mais utilisées aux seules fins d’enrichissement, en l’espèce de la poudre d’ algues Lithothamnium calcareum.

Comme il fallait s’y attendre, la Cour suit les conclusions de son Avocat général en considérant que le règlement no 889/2008 doit être interprété en ce sens qu’il s’oppose à l’utilisation d’une poudre obtenue à partir de sédiments d’ l’algue  en tant qu’ingrédient non biologique d’origine agricole, au sens de l’article 28 du règlement no 889/2008, dans la transformation de denrées alimentaires biologiques, telles que des boissons biologiques à base de riz et de soja, aux fins de leur enrichissement en calcium.

Ce faisant, elle anticipe sur l’entrée en application du nouveau règlement, en soulignant  une évolution en matière d’alimentation biologique, tendant à limiter l’ajout d’éléments non biologiques dans les denrées alimentaires biologiques.

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© 2021 Keller and Heckman LLPNational Law Review, Volume XI, Number 120
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Katia Merten-Lentz, Keller Heckman Law Firm, Brussels, Paris, European food, agriculture law
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Katia Merten-Lentz, partner resident in the Firm’s Brussels and Paris offices, is a leading practitioner in European food, feed, and agricultural law. Her practice also extends to Environmental Law, Biotechnologies (new breeding technologies) and Cosmetics Law.

Ms. Merten-Lentz assists clients throughout the food chain with issues ranging from marketing (food labeling, health and nutrition claims, organic labels etc.) to innovation (nanomaterials, genetically modified organisms, novel foods). She also helps clients in the food and feed area obtaining European authorization...

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