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Policy Information

Policy Information

Government Agency(s) / Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s):

Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fishing (Ministère de l'Agriculture et des Ressources Hydraulique et de la Pêche)

Agency(s) Contact Information:

30, Rue Alain Savary
1002 Tunis
Telephone: (216) 71 801 055
Fax: 71 785 127
E-mail : onagri@email.ati.tn
Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (web site; in English) under the decree of the Agriculture Ministry

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:

Law No. 99-30: organic farming (.pdf; in French)

Order of the Minister of Agriculture of February 28-2001 concerning the approval of standard specifications of plant production according to the organic mode. (O.G.R.T N° 19 – March 6, 2001)

Order of the minister of agriculture and hydraulic resources of July 9-2005, related to standard specifications of organic animal production.(O.G.R.T N° 57 –July 19, 2005

Order of the minister of agriculture and hydraulic resources of December 3-2005, related to the processing of organic products.(O.G.R.T N° 99 – December 19, 2005) (in Arabic)

Order of the minister of the agriculture, hydraulic resources and fisheries of September 27-2010, related to the modification of standard specifications of organic animal production approved by the order of july 9-2005.(O.G.R.T N° 79 - October 1, 2010)

Date of Implementation: 1999

Regulation and/or Standard Scope:

Aquaculture is not regulated.

Imported Products

Among other requirements, imported products must be certified in the country of production, must be labelled with organic-production-data labels and logos, and the name of the certification body or registration number.

Certification and Accreditation

Certification:

Republic of Tunisia Ministry of Industry, Energy and Small and Medium Enterprises' National Institute of Standardization and Industrial Property published General Guidelines for certification of products from organic agriculture (.pdf, in French).

Accreditation:

To apply, send a letter addressed to:
Monsieur le Ministre de l'Agriculture et des ressources hydrauliques,
30 Rue Alain Savary
1002, Tunis

Additional Information

Reference Standards:

IFOAM Basic Guidelines and EEC

Additional Information:

Tunisia pushes Tunisian producers to conform to EU regulation. Tunisia is on the EU's Third Country list. Tunisian organic agriculture is mainly geared toward export.

USDA’S GAIN Report Tunisia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative (2016)
USDA’S GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report (2020)
USDA’S GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report (2020)
USDA’S GAIN Report Tunisia Exporter Guide (2019)
USDA’S GAIN Report List of Products Subject to Pre-Import Surveillance (2019)
USDA’S GAIN Report Order on Food Labeling and Presentation of Prepackaged Foods (2019)

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.