July News – Australian Certified Organic

Updates

  • Exporting to the EU – Introducing TRACES. From October 2017 every export to the EU is required to be lodged electronically via the European Unions system TRACES. ACO will still be issuing the required documentation to you through this system and the process for requesting an export certificate for the EU may change slightly. From October 2017 paper copies of the EU Transaction Certificates will not be required to accompany the shipment.

Hot Topics

  • ACO Service Desk! Have you signed up for the ACO Service Desk? The Service Desk is the best way ACO can help you. You can lodge any request from a label approval to a general question! It’s simple to set up, click here to find out how!
  • OGA Program Close – Just a reminder that the OGA Small Growers program is closing on 30 June 2018. Current OGA clients can choose to transfer to ACO certification to remain in the certified organic family. Not sure about your options? Click here to find out more about it!
  • ACO Logo – Remember that ACO has implemented the “ACO” logo to be used on products that are imported or contain imported ingredients. The “Australian” version of the logo is reserved for products which are 100% grown, processed and packed in Australia. This logo change will be mandatory as of 1 July 2018 in line with the Country of Origin Labelling changes. To obtain the correct logo or enquire about what logo you need please let us know via Service Desk!
  • Producers under $50,000 annual turnover now pay no levies! – The Australian Organic Group is very proud to announce that from 1st July 2017 forward, all producers with an annual revenue of $50,000 or less will no longer pay Industry Development Levies!  This is an initiative to assist our new and smaller growers into the organic industry by creating a more cost effective certification model for them.Producers will not be part of the Industry Development Levy system until they have reached a turnover of above $50,000 pa. This represents a $295 or almost 25% saving to all smaller producers annually. For further details, please contact our accounts team on 07 3350 5716.

Are you compliant?

  • Are you obtaining your non-organic planting material approval prior to planting? You can lodge your request here: http://aco.net.au/non-organic-planting-material-declaration/
  • Are you obtaining a transaction certificate for every import of certified organic product? A transaction certificate is a key document for tracability and without it we cannot verify the product is organic.
  • Are you using non-organic ingredients? It’s a requirement to use certified organic ingredients wherever possible! This means you need to annually review and document the availability of any ingredients you have been using as non-organic!
  • Are you storing certified organic bulk products off site? Organic certification requires that any bulk material storage is inspected initially and then randomly. You should have a MOU in place with your offsite facility and full control of your product at all times.

Labelling Laws

The Australian Government is introducing new food labelling requirements to make it clearer where the products you buy are produced, grown, made or packed.  Easy to understand labels will tell you at a glance where a product comes from, so you can make a clear and informed decisions.

Are you curious about Country of Origin Labelling?

  • What is happening?
  • Why is it happening?
  • When is it happening?

Please visit this link for further information.