In Malaysia, the Agricultue and Agro-based Industries Ministry introduced the Skim Organik Malaysia (SOM) or the Malaysian Organic Certification Scheme in 2003.
SOM is based on Malaysian Standard MS1529:2001 --- The Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Plant Based Organically Produced Foods.
SOM is now (2011) finally mandatory, after years of consultation and deliberation.
The new labeling requirements demand that only Government-approved organic farms get to label their produce as “organic”.
The labeling rule comes under Food Regulations 1985 and those found guilty under it can be fined up to RM5,000 per case.
The enforcement of the regulation would be done in collaboration between the Agriculture Department (DOA) and Health Ministry.
It means that consumers can now differentiate organic and non-organic vegetables in the market now.