Joint Research Centre - European Commission

The European Commission's in-house science service
European Commission

Geel (BE) - 30/11/09 - 01/12/09

Organic Food Authentication: Challenge or Utopia?


The rapid development of the organic sector and the ever-increasing demand for organic products brings new challenges for the international organic food certification and guarantee systems. Organic produce remains amongst the most difficult to monitor and control. Currently, all that scientists can do is test for what should not be there (e.g. chemical pesticide residues).

In this context, the development of a strategy to authenticate organic food products is highly desirable in support to the certification and inspection systems. By bringing together the main groups working in the field, this workshop, organised by the JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), will present a balanced overview of the state-of-the-art research in this area. Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm and identify the best approaches for meeting the challenges of organic food authentication.