Organics - How to Verify a Food Product is Genuinely Organic in the UK

So, How Do You Check If A Food Product Is Really Organic in the UK?

 EU Logo

EU Logo

Look for the EU logo on the product. The EU logo has been required as a mandatory logo on all organic products since 2012 in the EU. Its purpose is to make it easier for consumers to identify organic products. Only certified organic companies can legally apply this logo to their products.

Check for Certification code. The Certification code number must also be present in association with the EU logo for traceability. The general format of the code number is GB-ORG-04, where GB is the ISO code of the country where the inspection takes place, ORG is a term establishing a link with the organic production, such as "bio" or "org" or "eko" and 04 is a reference number specific to each certification body. For example the RealFoodSource is certified by Organic Food Federation which is GB-ORG-04.

With the rise of organics fraud, especially online, if you have doubts about the validity of the logo and code you should also ask for the company claiming organic to present their organic certificate with a schedule of certified products.  Sadly, certain uncertified companies  fraudulantly use the organics logo and certification numbers on their products, or even copy organic certificates for a quick sale.  Currently the only way you can be 100% certain that a product is genuinely certified organic is to contact the relevent certification body, listed below,  and ask them to confirm that both the company and the product are indeed certified.  

There are only 9 certification bodies in the UK and we list their contact details below.  The Soil Association also have an online checking facility  (link here) to help with this.  They also provide a small list of the fraudulent companies on their website.

1. Organic Farmers and Growers

GB-ORG-02

The Old Estate Yard
Shrewsbury Road
Albrighton
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY4 3AG

info@organicfarmers.org.uk

01939 291800

2. Organic Food Federation

GB-ORG-04

31 Turbine Way
Eco Tech Business Park
Swaffham
Norfolk PE37 7XD

 info@orgfoodfed.com

01760 720444

3. Soil Association

GB-ORG-05

South Plaza
Marlborough Street
Bristol
BS1 3NX

Producers
prod.cert@soilassociation.org

Processors
proc.cert@soilassociation.org

0117 914 2412

4. Biodynamic Agricultural Association

GB-ORG-06

BDAA Demeter Administrator
2 Upper Grange
Lovedays Mead
Stroud
Glos

GL5 1XB

demeter@biodynamic.org.uk

01453 766296

5. Irish Organic Farmers and Growers

GB-ORG-07

Main Street
Newtownforbes
Co. Longford
Republic of Ireland

info@iofga.org

(+353) 043 42495

6. Organic Trust ltd GB

GB-ORG-09

Vernon House
2 Vernon Avenue
Clontarf
Dublin 3 Republic of
Ireland

organic@iol.ie

00 353 185 30271

7. Quality Welsh Food Certification ltd GB

GB-ORG-13

Gorseland, North Road, Aberystwyth, CeredigionSY23 2WB

mossj@wfsagri.net

01970 636688

8. Ascisco GB

GB-ORG-15

South Plaza
Marlborough Street
Bristol
BS1 3NX

hbrooke@soilassociation.org

0117 914 2406

9. Scottish Organic Producers Association (SOPA)

GB-ORG-17

Scottish Food Quality Certification (SFQC)

10th Avenue
Royal Highland Centre
Ingliston
Edinburgh
EH28 8NF

info@sopa.org.uk

0131 335 6606