Brussels, 3 March 2023
See question(s) : E-000229/2023
Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski
on behalf of the European Commission
Regulation (EU) 2018/8481 includes in its scope sea salt and other salts for food and feed and, since 1 January 2022, producers of sea salt and rock salt may be certified ‘organic’ in accordance with the principles and the general production rules laid down in this Regulation.
In the absence of EU detailed production rules, Member States may apply detailed national production rules.
In order to avoid a segmentation of the EU market, the Commission has worked with the Member States on a balanced draft delegated Regulation setting detailed production rules for salts included in the scope of Regulation (EU) 2018/848.
During the drafting, the Commission consulted the Expert Group for Technical advice on Organic Production (EGTOP). For their report on organic salt production rules, the appointed permanent members of EGTOP, experts in organic production, have received technical information from four salt experts. Three of them suggested to EGTOP permanent members to exclude rock salt, nevertheless EGTOP considered that sea salt and rock salt may be obtained using specific detailed production rules in accordance with the principles and the general rules of Regulation (EU) 2018/8482.
1 Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 of organic
production and labelling of organic products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 (OJ L 150, 14.6.2018, p. 1).