ECJ Prohibits Use of Algae-Sourced Calcium in Organic Drinks

The European Court of Justice has forbidden the use of algae-derived calcium in organic drinks after a judge classified the algae as a mineral. The mineral classification and its addition to organic beverages would be at odds with organic labeling. The judge’s late April ruling stated that calcium derived from the red coral seaweed was a “non-organic ingredient of agricultural origin” and that its addition to organic products would circumvent current rules preventing the use of calcium carbonate to enrich organic products with calcium. Only under certain conditions is the use of a non-organic ingredient of agricultural origin permitted in organic foods. The ECJ ruling represents a setback for manufacturers of organic plant-based drinks that often include calcium-rich algae.

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Posted on 28 May 2021