Our position on organic salt

The European Commission is currently working on defining detailed production rules on organic salt. These rules will lay down the conditions under which a type of ‘sea salt and other salts for food’ can be produced and labelled as organic.

The Commission presented a draft of the delegated act on production rules for organic salt to the Expert Group on Organic Production in February 2019 (SEE DOCUMENT).

European producers of traditional sea salt expressed serious reservations as they cannot accept nor subscribe to the proposed text. The proposal would allow practically all types of salt production to be considered as organic, thus ignoring the principles and main objectives of the EU organic regulation. This would include salt extraction production processes that make use of huge quantity of energy and explosives (!) and are considered by the European Commission to be exposed to a significant risk of carbon leakage such the extraction of salt.

You will find below further information on the position of Artisanal Sea Salt Europe on this extremely important issue for traditional sea salt producers, as well as useful video presentations on the different salt production techniques and other relevant information.

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Artisanal Sea Salt Europe est l'association professionnelle qui représente les intérêts des producteurs européens de sel de mer récolté à la main au niveau européen
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Ses membres sont des producteurs de France, d'Italie, d'Espagne, du Portugal, de Croatie & de Slovénie.
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"Le sel est la mer qui ne pouvait pas retourner au ciel"


Artisanal Sea Salt Europe position paper on organic salt(See the pdf version)

Comments on the European Commission’s draft of the delegated act on production rules for organic salt February 2019 – (See the Letter from President of Artisanal Sea Salt Europe to Commission)



Overview of all salt production techniques (video in French)


Artisanal sea salt production (examples)

  • Production of artisanal sea salt on île de Ré (France)


  • Production of artisanal sea salt in AndalousiA (Spain)


  • Production of artisanal sea salt in Solana Nin (Croatia)


  • Production of artisanal sea salt in Castro Marim (Portugal)



  • Production of artisanal sea salt in Piranske Soline (Slovenia)


  • Production of artisanal sea salt in Trapani (Italy)


Artificial evaporation technique (example)

  • Anglesey Sea Salt (UK)


Rock salt mining (examples)

  • Salt mine Varangeville (France)


  • Salt mine Bernburg (Germany)


  • Winsford Rock Salt Mine (Cheshire – UK)


  • Salt mining Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI)


Solution mining (example) 

  • Solution mining explained (Canada)


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