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Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:

EAS 456:2007, East African organic products standard (EAOPS)(.pdf in English)

Date of Implementation: 2007

Regulation and/or Standard Scope:

Requirements for organic production that cover plant production, animal husbandry, bee-keeping, the collection of wild products, and the processing and labeling of the products made from organic ingredients. It does not cover procedures for verification such as inspection or certification of products.

They have been adopted by Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Additional Information

Reference Standards:

Used IFOAM Basic Standards and Codex as a normative references

Additional Information:

USDA's GAIN Report Kenya Exporter Guide (2018)
USDA's GAIN Report Kenya Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative (2016)
USDA's GAIN Report Tourism to create opportunity for U.S. products (2018)
USDA's GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report (2020)

Definitions

Definitions

Term

Definition

Health and Wellness

Health and wellness is the aggregation of organic packaged food and beverages, fortified/functional packaged food and beverages, naturally healthy packaged food and beverages, better for you packaged food and beverages and food intolerance products.

Organic packaged foods and beverages

This category includes packaged food & beverages that are certified organic by an approved certification body. Organic production is based on:

• A system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers.
• Organic food & beverages are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation.
• The use of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism) is prohibited. “Certified Organic” means the item has been grown according to strict uniform standards that are verified by independent state or private organizations.
• Depending on the country, such products are called ‘organic’, ‘biological’ or ‘ecological’: For organic products to be included under Euromonitor definitions, the organic aspect needs to form part of positioning/marketing of the product. This is an aggregation of organic baby food, bakery, confectionery, dairy, ice cream, oils and fats, ready meals, rice, sauces, dressings and condiments, snack bars, soups, spreads, sweet and savory snacks and other organic food.

Note that fresh food products or individual ingredients are not included in this definition.

Compound annual growth rate (CAGR)

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is the average annual growth rate over a specified period of time. For instance, the CAGR consumption of from 2016 – 2019 will be the average growth rates across these three years.

USDA GATS data clarification

The data presented in table 2.4 represents the dollar values of the top 5 organic commodities as well as of the total organic exports of the trade partner for the period 2016-2019 as per the United States Department of Agriculture’s Global Agricultural Trade System, a database consisting of international agricultural, fish, forest and textile products trade statistics dating from the inception of the Harmonized coding system in 1989 to present.