A group of Ukrainian lawmakers has suggested introducing a fine for selling food products with the organic national logo without a certificate in the amount of eight minimum wages for corporations and five minimum wages for individual entrepreneurs, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
A bill #5448-D on the key principles and requirements for organic production, organic food flow, and labeling was registered in the Ukrainian parliament on 30 March. The bill was written by 26 lawmakers from a range of parliamentary factions.
The bill suggests obliging manufacturers to certify organic production to confirm compliance with the requirements of legislation in the field of organic production on an annual basis, to declare the volume of organic goods that are put into circulation and agree on the labeling of organic goods with the certification agency.
Certification services offered by various certification agencies are charged on a contractual basis. The validity period of the organic production certificate and food turnover is 15 months from the date it is issued.
The bill has been finalized in the parliamentary committee on agrarian policy and land relations. The bill is aimed to enhance the legislative framework for organic production, flow, and labeling of organic food products, as well as harmonization of Ukrainian laws with the legislation of the European Union in this field.