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Cleaning agents for use in the food industry 070

Cleaning agents for use in the food industry are products that are used in various food producing industries and catering kitchens. The products are effective in removing grease, proteins and other types of soiling from machine parts, pipe systems and other surfaces in production premises used to produce food. Disinfectants are not included in the product group.

Nordic Swan Ecolabelled cleaning agents for use in the food industry are among products that have the lowest impact on the environment in this category. These products contribute to reducing environmental emissions of substances that are hazardous to health and the environment. Overdosing is reduced since the products' performance at the recommended dosage is tested and the information text and user and dosing information contributes to reducing emissions.

The Nordic Swan Ecolabel aspects determined for this product group are:

  • Effective and with low environmental impact:
  • Live up to strict requirements for ecotoxicity, biodegradability and bioaccumulation.
  • Efficacy tested for use in specific application areas.

For calculations or information on chemicals, please use:

  • Fees valid from 1 January 2019

    Application fee

    Application fee including one on-site inspection within the Nordic region *) 30 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of four recipes is included in the application fee. For inspection of additional recipes, 7 500 SEK excl. VAT per recipe will be charged.
    Renewal fee *) 15 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of four recipes is included in the application fee. For inspection of additional recipes, 3 750 SEK excl. VAT per recipe will be charged.

    Annual licence fee

    Annual licence fee **) 0,3 % + VAT of the turnover in the Nordic countries up to 50 million EUR.
    0,05 % + VAT of the part of the turnover in the Nordic countries that exceeds 50 million EUR.
    Minimum fee for the licence 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT
    Maximum fee for the licence No maximum fee
    Annual licence fee outside the Nordic countries (for licence holders with a turnover of more than 300 000 EUR of Nordic Swan ecolabelled products, sold outside the Nordic countries) 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT

    If the Nordic Swan ecolabelled products are only sold outside the Nordic countries, a minimum fee is always charged.

    Fee for extensions/alterations of licence

    Extension/alteration of existing licence Should the extension regard inspection of recipes, which are not already included in the licence, 7 500 SEK excl. VAT will be charged per recipe.

    Other types of alterations will be charged according to how long it takes to handle the matter:
    - Less than 4 hours: 3 750 SEK excl. VAT
    - Between 4 and 8 hours: 7 500 SEK excl. VAT
    - More than 8 hours: 15 000 SEK excl. VAT

    Fees for on-site inspections

    Extra fee for additional on-site inspection within the Nordic countries 5 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit
    On-site inspection outside the Nordic region, but within Europe***) 15 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit
    On-site inspection outside Europe***) 25 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit

    *) Micro enterprises are charged half the fee. A micro enterprise, according to our definition, is a company with a maximum of 10 employees and with a total turnover of €2 000 000 (including both ecolabelled and non-ecolabelled products).

    **) Corporations pay only one licence fee

    ***) There is an extra fee of 1 000 EUR per day if the inspection takes more than one day.

  • Information on the latest version of the criteria for cleaning agents for use in the food industry

    2.1: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria

    On the 31 March 2020 Nordic Ecolabelling decided to prolong the validity of the criteria with 24 months. Version 2.1 of the criteria is valid until the 31 March 2024.

    2.0: New criteria generation

    On the 6 March 2017 Nordic Ecolabelling decided on a new version of the criteria for Cleaning agents for use in the food industry. Version 2.0 of the criteria is valid until the 31 March 2022.

  • In order to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in your marketing, you must have a valid Nordic Swan Ecolabel licence. Please log in to The Nordic Ecolabelling Portal to apply for a licence. You are free to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in all of your marketing from the date of approval until your licence expires.

    Go to The Nordic Ecolabelling Portal and start your application process! If this is the first time you apply, please contact portal@svanen.se to receive login information for the Portal.

    Start by going through the requirements and fees that apply to your specific product group. These can be found above.

    In some cases, you must use our separate application form. For example, the form must be used in cases where the producer and licensee are two separate companies, or if you wish to cancel a licence. Please contact your advisor in these cases, or if you are unsure what applies to you. The form to be used in these special cases can be downloaded here.

    For more details on the application process, please head to our application guide: "Application step by step".

    Good luck with your application!

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