Stakeholders across the industry are urging the European Commission to extend two derogations for organic pig and poultry which are coming to an end on December 31, 2017.
Due to tight supplies of organic proteins, farmers are currently allowed to feed their pig and poultry up to 5% non-organic protein. Where organically-reared pullets are not available, they are also allowed to buy in pullets of up to 18 weeks old, provided they have been managed under the organic feed and veterinary standard. Without Commission intervention, these derogations will revert back to original regulation which requires a 100% organic diet.