Government Agency(s)/Competent Authority
Organic Regulations and/or Standards
Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:
2012- Promulgation of new decree to replace Decree 52 of 2004
Date of Implementation:
Regulation and/or Standard Scope:
This regulation is to establish standards to be applied to the production, processing, marketing and certification of organic products. This regulation applies to all animal or plant products and byproducts that are produced, processed or marketed under certified organic production methods. Livestock includes pets. Includes certification of wild harvest but does not include hunting of wild animals and fishing. Includes certification of producer groups, and in-conversion production and labeling. Hydroponic production is not allowed. Processed organic products must have at least ninety five percent organic ingredients, excluding water and salt. Prohibition on use of genetically modified organisms and ionizing radiation.
Imported Products Requirements
Certified organic products may be imported only after demonstrating compliance with the provisions of the Regulation.
Certification and Accreditation
Information about registration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
Ministry of Agriculture
Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, plus Panama and the Dominican Republic are benchmarking their standards to a regional organic standard - the Central America Regional Standard. August 2016 these regional standards were put before the World Trade Organization for comment.
USDA’s GAIN Report El Salvador 2018 Food Processing Ingredients (2018)
USDA’s GAIN Report El Salvador Exporter Guide (2020)
USDA’s GAIN Report El Salvador Retail Foods Annual Report (2019)
USDA’s GAIN Report El Salvador Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional (2019)
USDA’s GAIN Report El Salvador Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative (2019)