Product subgroup

Cereals and other grain products

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Breakfast cereals like cornflakes and muesli as well as other cereal products such as flour, grains and pasta are made from various seed varieties such as wheat, oats, barley, rye and maize.

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In the cultivation of cereals, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide are the predominant greenhouse gases resulting from the use of fossil energy, transportation, etc., as well as when nitrogen is converted in the soil and during the production of mineral fertilisers. In the conventional cultivation of cereals and sugar, pesticides are used. Pesticides are used to protect plants and plant products against funguses, pests or competing plants. The use of pesticides is regulated by common EU regulations. As of 1 January 2014, all professional growers across the EU must apply for Integrated Pest Management. The aim is to reduce the reliance on chemical pesticides.

A straw-shortening agent is a pesticide used to reduce the risk of lodging on cereals. A minimised use or avoidance of straw-shortening agents means a reduced risk of residues in food and dispersal of chemical substances in the environment.

Environmental aspects


Cereals and other grain products as well as  compound products containing cereals and other grains to at least 20% of the individual product. Requirements for palm oil apply in all products where palm oil is included.

Examples of products to which the criteria apply:

  • Flakes
  • Flour 
  • Grains 
  • Muesli
  • Pasta 
  • Couscous
  • Bulgur
  • Wheat berries
  • Durum wheat
  • Buckwheat

Subject matter of contract

Sustainable production of cereals and other grain products.

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