Realignment of organic regulations
The EU is realigning some of the rules for organic production concerning the use of plant protection products. This has led to the withdrawal from the organic standards of some substances that are currently used. An example is calcium carbide, which has been applied as a growth regulator by many organic pineapple producers. For the time being, this can no longer be accepted by organic certification bodies on produce destined for the EU market. COLEACP is in discussions on how to address this issue as soon as possible, and will ensure that those growers affected are kept up to date on any new developments.