There was an announcement yesterday by Food Minister Trevor Sargent regarding tightening up on rogue traders selling so called organic food when it isn’t approved by a certification body.
Unfortunately this won’t apply to aquaculture products as they won’t apply until January 2009, so “caveat emptor” when buying organic fish.
Let the buyer beware.
Check the labels for an approved Certification body such as the Organic Trust and IOFGA.
It is important to note that, where a fish has been further processed, such as smoked, and while the actual fish may have come from an organically approved farm, the processor or smoker must also be approved to call it Organic Smoked Salmon or Smoked Organic Salmon. But until January 2009 it is quite legitimate to label it as such despite the processor not been approved.
So make sure that the label carries the Organic Trust or IOFGA symbol.
[tags]Trevor Sargent, Organic Salmon, Organic Trust, IOFGA[/tags]