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Hundreds of organic products don’t meet rules in Dutch shops

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Hundreds of organic products
Europe   It bases the claim on more than 1,500 inspection reports

Hundreds of products are being sold in Dutch shops as organic but which actually come from farms which have broken the rules on animal welfare, the use of medicines and the environment, RTL Nieuws said on Tuesday.

Produce from 220 farmers including eggs, honey and dairy produce is being labeled and sold as organic, even though it does not meet all the proper standards, RTL said.

It bases the claim on more than 1,500 inspection reports by monitoring body Skal.

The reports seen by RTL show that in 2017 and 2018, almost one in 10 organic farmers did not meet all the rules.

Nevertheless, farmers who are given an official warning are still allowed to sell their products as organic.

Food scientist Gertjan Schaafsma told RTL that he is a ‘bit shocked’ to discover that products are being sold as organic even though they don’t meet the label requirements.

This has no impact on public health but does affect the image of organic products and the price consumers are paying, he said.

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