The Department of Agriculture last year issued a notice for certified organic clients who export, which was circulated to all our ACO export clients in May 2015. Please note the below information is now being enforced by the EU import authorities.
Certification of all stages of organic chain
This is a reminder to all certified operations that all stages of the supply chain must be certified.
For manufacturers/importers/exporters/wholesalers if you are purchasing certified organic products or ingredients the supplier must be certified.
Example 1: A certified processor purchasing imported organic ingredients from an importer. In this instance the importer is still required to be certified. This is despite the importer purchasing the organic ingredient from a certified supplier in Europe and the importer providing the certified processor with their European supplier’s organic certificate. Even though the importer is only acting as an agent and not physically handling the product, they still need to have organic certification.
Example 2: A wholesaler purchasing certified organic fresh produce and selling to other certified operators or exporting. The wholesaler is also required to be certified.
ACO inspectors will be looking for evidence that all stages of the organic chain are certified at annual and unannounced inspections.
If you require further information, please do not hesitate to call Jenny or Janine on (07) 3350 5706.