To KRAV-label a product, you must be able to demonstrate that the extra requirements of the KRAV standard are met. This page is about the basic extra requirements. For multi-ingredient products they shall be met for all ingredients, or if it is not possible, at least for 95% of the ingredients. The KRAV-certified importer of the products has to be able to demonstrate that the extra requirements are verified and met for the primary production and in all steps where production or processing (including packaging) takes place.
About the basic extra requirements
Social responsibility: Extra requirements on social responsibility are specified in section 16.4 and are based on the ILO core conventions.
You do not have to document that the extra requirements on social responsibility are met if the product is produced in the following countries and areas where local legislation is covering this.
- European Union and the EEA area
- New Zealand
KRAV has recognized that products that are certified according to certain standards meet KRAVs standard on social responsibility in Chapter 16. These standards can be found in the list below. The list is updated continuously.
- Recognized standards and systems for supplier evaluation for KRAVs extra requirements on social responsibility
Protection of Natural Areas with High Conservation Value: The standard apply to aquaculture, sugarcane, oil palm, soy, coffee, cocoa or coconuts. Cultivation or other enduring changes in areas with natural ecosystems with high conservation value (HCV) is prohibited. Land with high conservation value that was cultivated more than five years previously can however be accepted for production.
Certification through most standards means that the extra requirements for both social responsibility and protection of natural areas with conservation value are met.
- Standards and systems for supplier evaluation that fulfill KRAVs extra requirements for High Conservation Value (HCV)
The standard can also be verified through a verification form where no relevant certification exists or when the producers are certified by a scheme that do not fully meet KRAV´s requirements.
GMO: The threshold limit value that applies to adventitious and technically unavoidable presence of GMOs is 0.9 percent. Use KRAVs risk lists to assess whether there is a need for a special certificate or sampling.
Ban on Bisphenol A and PVC in packaging: Bisphenol A must not have intentionally been used in the packaging material. The standard applies to primary packaging of products packaged from 1 January 2018. Products packed before 1 January may still be marketed until sold out.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and other chlorine-based plastics must not be used in primary packaging for KRAV-certified products packaged after 1 January 2018.
PVC is however permitted in lid seals and liners on metal in those cases where it can be shown that alternative solutions cannot guarantee the shelf life or quality of the food in question. A condition is that you are working on a phase-out plan.
Labelling Agreement: If you allow a supplier outside of Sweden who is not KRAV-certified to package and KRAV-label your products, you must have an agreement with the supplier. The agreement must give you control over how the KRAV labelling is used and give you and your certification body the right to inspect your supplier’s production if required. The supplier must be certified according to (EC) 834/2007. The following must be included in the agreement between the KRAV licensee and the supplier:
- The supplier undertakes to comply with relevant parts of chapter 20 Labelling and Marketing in KRAV´s standards, i.e. 20.1, 20.2, 20.3 and 20.4.
- The supplier gives the certification body the right to inspect the production in question, according to the conditions of these standards.
- You who are KRAV-certified have the responsibility for any non-conformities made by the supplier.
- The supplier does not have the right to use the KRAV name and label, other than on behalf of the KRAV-certified company.