In addition to the general production rules laid down in the Regulation (EU) 2018/848, the document indicates the rules that shall apply to the organic production of food grade salt and salt for feed obtained from the sea, from rock salt deposits, from natural brine or from salt lakes. It does not apply to salt from origins other than those mentioned above, notably to the salt which is a synthetic product of chemical reactions, or is made from effluents from chemical industry, other industries and seawater desalination plants, or is a by-product from potash flotation.
Organic salt shall be consisting predominantly of sodium chloride as defined in Codex Alimentarius Standard 150-1985 for food grade salt. By way of derogation, the level of sodium chloride may be lower in case provisions of Union law or provisions of national law compatible with Union law, define this level differently (for example: Salt flower/Fleur de sel/Flor de sal, sal marina virgen, sel gris, sal marinho tradicional). Food and feed additives, processing aids and non-organic agricultural ingredients, if authorised for organic production in the acts adopted on the basis of Article 24 (2)(a) and (b) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848, are authorized for production of organic salt, in accordance with restrictions and specifications included.
For cleaning, descaling and disinfection of process equipment, surfaces which are in contact with organic salt only the following products shall be used:
(a) cold water and hot water for cleaning;
(b) acetic acid, formic acid, diluted hydrochloric acid, and sodium carbonate for descaling;
(c) hot water and steam for disinfection.
Practices, processes and treatments in organic salt production, which are allowed and prohibited are specifically reported in the pertinent section of the report.
The production of salt is considered as organic production provided that the seawater and salty waters quality corresponds to clean seawater or clean water according to Article 2(1)(h) and (i) of Regulation (EC) 852/2004.
For salt obtained from the sea, rock salt deposits, natural brine or salt lakes, in order to be considered an organic product, a conversion period of at least two years before the first harvest shall be required.
The production of organic, in-conversion and non-organic salt in the same production unit is permitted.
Products, substances and techniques that reconstitute properties that are lost in the production or storage of organic salt, that correct the results of negligence in the production of organic salt, or that otherwise may be misleading as to the true nature of products intended to be marketed as organic salt, shall not be used.