The certificates issued for agrifood products will be recognized on the EU market and the organic products will be easier exported to the EU. The Cabinet approved a relevant draft law on organic agrifood products and labeling of organic products, IPN reports.
The document envisions the recognition of the Moldovan certification authorities at international level. The international certification organisms accredited in the EU will no longer be obliged to obtain reaccreditation in Moldova. This will enable the producers to get subsidies even if they certify their products with international authorities. Until now, only the producers whose products were certified by the national authorities benefitted from subsidies.
The bill defines the norms applicable to organic products and the common certificate model. The National Agency for Food Safety was included in the certification process in order to ensure more rigorous control.
In Moldova, there are 136 companies specialized in the cultivation of organic products. About 52,000 tonnes of organic products were exported from Moldova to the EU member states last year.