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Management guideline for organic food processors

Beck, Alexander; Stumpner, Johanna; Borghoff, Lisa; Ebner, Caroline and Kretzschmar, Ursula (2021) Management guideline for organic food processors. Working paper, Assoziation ökologischer Lebensmittelhersteller (AöL) e.V.; Hochschule Münster, FiBL .

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The Managament guideline for organic processors offers companies new to organic processing as well as already established companies a good overview about the obligatory criteria established by the EU organic regulation, as well as further optional criteria to consider, when processing organic. It is designed as a flexibel excel tool, which can be easily developed further by the company using it.

EPrint Type:Working paper
What problem does the tool address?:Consumers of organic foods have specific expectations with respect to quality parameters of processed food. These may relate to the degree of processing, concerns about specific additives, nutritional composition, integrity or whole food concepts, the degree of convenience, the level of energy use and transportation distances, but also food safety. To meet consumer expectations, there are numerous restrictions on the processing of food. For example processing standards for organic food prohibit the use of many food additives which are widely used in the processing of conventional foods. In addition the certification of the production chain is mandatory. The use of certified organic raw materials, which guarantees transparency along the value chain, is a fundamental building block for the production of organic food.
For many processors it is a tremendous challenge to fulfil all these expectations and to understand and implement the standard requirements in the daily practice. Therefore, a guidance document for processors as well as standard setting institutions and certification/inspection bodies is presented with this document.
What solution does the tool offer?:The aim of this “Management guideline for organic food processors” is to give companies a comprehensive introduction to the regulatory requirements of the organic food sector applicable for the daily practice. Additionally, it offers a number of tools which enable to:
a) improve the production skills effectively
b) improve and maintain the quality of organic foods and
c) secure the integrity of organic products
d) help to meet consumer acceptance
e) basis for a successful certification and implementation in the existing QM system of the company
Type of Practice Tool:Leaflets & guidelines
Keywords:processing, guideline, regulation, BÖLN, BOELN, BÖL, BOEL, FKZ 17OE002, Abacus, FiBL35159
Agrovoc keywords:
organic foods
Subjects: Farming Systems > Farm economics
Food systems > Processing, packaging and transportation
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Values, standards and certification
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Food systems > Produce chain management
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > CORE Organic Cofund > ProOrg
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Society > Food quality > Food processing
Germany > Federal Organic Farming Scheme - BOELN > Food > Processing
Germany > Other organizations
Related Links:https://www.proorgproject.com/
Deposited By: Stumpner, Johanna
ID Code:40062
Deposited On:17 Jun 2021 14:07
Last Modified:15 Feb 2022 13:08
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:The Managament guideline is part of the CORE Organic project ProOrg and is one of three tools established in a Code of Practice for organic food processors.

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