The AB (Agriculture Biologique) logo is owned by the French Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing, and Rural Development.
The logo can be requested by French clients because up to 65% of French consumers, according to a research carried out by INRA/Gret/Agence Bio (2003), recognize organic products by the presence of this logo on packaging.
Organic operators that wants to put their logo on their products (also Italian ones) must fill, sign and send, the attachment IV of the Regulation of use of AB logo to ICEA Bologna (fax: 39 051 232011, or email: email@example.com) and the attachment V to Agence BIO – Marque AB - 6 rue Lavoisier - 93100 Montreuil, France, tel: 33 01 48 70 48 30 – fax: 33 01 48 70 48 45 - firstname.lastname@example.org, attaching a draft of the label and/or other material where logo AB is present.
Requiring operators have to respect, other than what requested by EC and national regulations, also what indicated on page 13 of the Regulation.
For what regards crop and livestock productions requisites are the same as those requested by EC Reg. 834/07 and EC Reg. 889/08.
Processed products for human consumption, as animal feed, can use the logo only if they have a percentage of organic ingredients higher than 95% (same condition as required for the use of UE logo).
Animal origin still not covered by EC Regulation must be obtained according to a specific national regulation “cahier des charges français” (30.08.2000).
Is allowed the use of the logo also pet food, that must respect the national regulation (16.02.2004), if they contain at least 95% of agricultural origin raw material.
The respect of mentioned requirements will be verified by ICEA and French public authority (Agence BIO).
More info can be found on the website www.agencebio.org
Referent for the scheme: Samanta Rosi Bellière email@example.com, mobile: 39 380 7599227