When consumers choose to buy organic food, they need to have the confidence that the products they are buying are really organic. The organic regulations in different countries established strict rules and a set of procedures that involves from preparing the land, sewing, harvesting, processing up to trading stages, in order to obtain an organic certification and the right to labeling the organic food and use the organic logo.
To accomplish this, every operator (farmer, processor, trader, importer or exporter) is checked at least once a year, or more often on the basis of risk assessment.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Organic farmers, ranchers, and food processors follow a defined set of standards to produce organic food and fiber. Congress described general organic principles in the Organic Foods Production Act, and the USDA defines specific organic standards.
These standards cover the product from farm to table, including soil and water quality, pest control, livestock practices, and rules for food additives.
European Commission (EU)
Organic farmers, processors and traders, must comply with strict EU requirements if they want to use the EU organic logo or label their products as organic.
The EU requires an equally strict control system with checks carried out at every stage of the organic chain. Every operator (farmer, processor, trader, importer or exporter) is checked at least once a year, or more often on the basis of risk assessment.
So whenever you buy organic food, you can be confident that it has been produced in accordance with strict environmental and animal welfare rules and checked accordingly.