Andechser Dairy Scheitz and its staff not only dream of happy cows and happy goats. We also dream of happy people. This is why we want the organic branch to be not only sustainable and sensitive, but we also want it to grow and prosper, so that we are able to offer the farmers and dairy farmers a safe perspective for the future.
Respect and responsibility towards mankind and nature are part of our company philosophy.
With our organic products we also have the desire to make an active contribution to a healthy diet, a clean environment and the preservation of traditional farming structures. Therefore, true to the motto “leave natural things natural”, we only process organically produced and certified raw products. And solely without artificial additives, flavors and without genetically modified substances.
What is organic?
The state organic label was introduced in 2001. Since then, the concepts “ecological” and “organic” and “eco” have been legally protected.
Organic foods are only permitted to carry the label when the product is produced without chemical pesticides and without synthetic or mineral fertilizers, and without containing genetically modified products. Animals have to be kept in conditions appropriate to their species, with sufficient open-air grazing areas and feed free from antibiotics.
Neither flavor enhancers nor artificial flavors are allowed during the productions process. The products have to be processed carefully and without radiation in order to preserve the properties of the organic food.
In general, all ingredients of agricultural origin have to come from ecological produce whereby water and salt are not considered agricultural ingredients. Furthermore, up to five per cent of these ingredients are subject to strictly regulated exceptions; they have to be listed in Annex IX of the Regulation (EG) No. 889/2008, otherwise a justified case in the form of an exception must have been permitted by the authorities in charge (e.g. non-availability in organic quality).
This is true for organic foods carrying the state organic label, as well as the organic label introduced by the European Union in 2010. According to the EU ecological regulation (EG) No. 834/2007, 95% of the ingredients of organic foods have to originate from agricultural products.
The requirements of the Bioland, Demeter, Naturland and Biokreis associations are much stricter than those of the legislator – their organic food consists of 100% organic ingredients which are checked by independent experts on a regular basis. Furthermore, they treat natural resources with care and contribute actively to the protection of animals, soil, water and the environment. Andechser Dairy Scheitz obtains its most important raw material daily, fresh from Bioland, Demeter, Naturland and Biokreis: organic milk.