It is difficult to compare private organic certification against organic state certification. Private control bodies have to be accredited by accreditation bodies to ensure independence and impartiality. Danish public authorities are subject to parliamentary control and regarded as independent and impartial as accredited private control bodies.
Only authorities under the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries are allowed to carry out inspections in accordance to Danish and EU regulations for organic production. The Danish Agricultural Agency inspects orgnaic primary production, while the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration inspects organic food companies. Some undertakings are inspected daily, while other undertakings have inspection visits at least once a year.
Inspection of organic foods in Denmark applies to all stages from stable to table. Also those, who are exclusively wholesalers or store organic foods at the wholesale level, are encompassed by the organic food inspection. This means enhanced conditions for carrying out cross checks. Accounting and documentation information exchanged by undertakings is crosschecked as part of the ordinary organic food inspection.
Crosschecking is considered as one of the most efficient means when it comes to preventing actual fraudulent trade in organic products. Although few, the cases of fraud or serious mistakes have typically been discovered by comparing accounting information from different undertakings. Therefore, the Danish authorities attach great importance to crosschecking as a mean of complementing ordinary inspection on internal accounts.