The Danish organic label
The most common organic
label in Denmark is the so-called Ø-mark (Organic is called Økologisk
in Danish). This label is governmental and was introduced on the market
already in 1990. All Danish consumers know it and for organic products it
is an advantage to have this label on the packing.
EU organic label
The Ø-mark is not
exclusively for Danish produced products. Also imported products can be labelled
with the Ø-mark but only importing or manufacturing companies
certified by the Danish government can put the label on the package.
So organic products
exported to Denmark need a packing or labelling process in Denmark if the
Ø-mark should be on the product.
In the last few years
the EU organic label has become more common - often used together
with the Ø-mark. More and more imported products are sold in Danish
supermarkets only with the EU label. For products that are not genuine
produced in Denmark (like bananas, citrus fruits) the consumers are slowly
getting used to see the EU label instead of the Ø-mark.
No other organic labels
are commonly known by Danish consumers although many products have supplementary
labels. Among the most common are Soil Association, KRAV,
SKAL and Debio.
exported to Denmark only need to satisfy the EU regulations on organic
agriculture. Note however that Danish supermarkets prefere products living
up to the Danish organic consumers demands. It means that nitrate (E250)
is not accepted to conserve processed meat products. Also organic
fruits produced without the use of copper are prefered.