Soil Association Warning: Major Players Could Seriously Damage the Organics Sector's Health According to just-food.com

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from just-food.com

    LONDON, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- http://www.just-food.com -- The organics
 sector is booming in the face of increasing consumer concern over food safety.
 According to figures compiled by the Soil Association, the UK organics market
 increased by 55% between 1999 and 2000, with sales rising from 390m pounds
 sterling to 650m pounds.
     A feature at
 http://www.just-food.com/features_detail.asp?art=416&app=1&fotw=sct explains
 that although the Soil Association's new report highlights a dramatic growth
 in demand for organic food, it also serves as a warning against complacency in
 the sector and calls for stronger government support.
     As the leading campaigner and certifier of organic food in the UK, the
 Soil Association is concerned that mainstream producers entering the market,
 such as Mars, Heinz, Nestle and Unilever, may compromise on food quality,
 particularly if more processing aids are permitted as per EU regulations.
     The report also calls for government support in promoting organic farming
 methods to boost production in the UK, stating that 30% of farmland, as
 opposed to the current 3%, should be devoted to organic farming.
     The Soil Association believes it is vital for both major manufacturers to
 commit to maintaining high standards and for the UK government to get behind
 its farmers, to ensure the groundwork building up the organics industry is not
 wasted.
     For the full story, click here:
 http://www.just-food.com/features_detail.asp?art=416&app=1&fotw=sct
 
     just-food.com is the premier online portal for food industry professionals
 worldwide.  Targeted specifically at industry and business professionals the
 site provides a single point of reference for independent food industry
 information.
 
 

SOURCE just-food.com
    LONDON, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- http://www.just-food.com -- The organics
 sector is booming in the face of increasing consumer concern over food safety.
 According to figures compiled by the Soil Association, the UK organics market
 increased by 55% between 1999 and 2000, with sales rising from 390m pounds
 sterling to 650m pounds.
     A feature at
 http://www.just-food.com/features_detail.asp?art=416&app=1&fotw=sct explains
 that although the Soil Association's new report highlights a dramatic growth
 in demand for organic food, it also serves as a warning against complacency in
 the sector and calls for stronger government support.
     As the leading campaigner and certifier of organic food in the UK, the
 Soil Association is concerned that mainstream producers entering the market,
 such as Mars, Heinz, Nestle and Unilever, may compromise on food quality,
 particularly if more processing aids are permitted as per EU regulations.
     The report also calls for government support in promoting organic farming
 methods to boost production in the UK, stating that 30% of farmland, as
 opposed to the current 3%, should be devoted to organic farming.
     The Soil Association believes it is vital for both major manufacturers to
 commit to maintaining high standards and for the UK government to get behind
 its farmers, to ensure the groundwork building up the organics industry is not
 wasted.
     For the full story, click here:
 http://www.just-food.com/features_detail.asp?art=416&app=1&fotw=sct
 
     just-food.com is the premier online portal for food industry professionals
 worldwide.  Targeted specifically at industry and business professionals the
 site provides a single point of reference for independent food industry
 information.
 
 SOURCE  just-food.com