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EU gets 'Euro-leaf' logo for organic food

New EU leaf logo
The logo will soon appear on food packages across the EU

A new EU-wide "Euro-leaf" logo will be compulsory from 1 July for all pre-packaged organic food produced in any of the 27 EU member states.

The green logo, featuring the 12 EU stars in the shape of a leaf, will be optional for imported produce.

Existing national logos for organic food will be allowed to appear next to the new EU logo.

A German student won a competition to design the new symbol. Dusan Milenkovic got a prize of 6,000 euros (£5,254).

Some 130,000 people voted online to choose the symbol and Mr Milenkovic's entry got 63% of the overall vote. The competition was organised by the European Commission.

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