According to the Australian Organic Market Report 2012 the number one reason for people to chose organic is to avoid pesticide and herbicide residues in food. For good reason too – a study by RMIT University shows adults who consumed a mostly certified organic diet for just one week reduced the amount of pesticide residues in their urine by 90 per cent.
Each year Australian Certified Organic randomly tests hundreds of certified organic products for chemical residues. In addition, Australian Certified Organic conducts unannounced audits and inspections of businesses. The samples are taken from markets, small shops and supermarkets.
In the most recent round of sampling, Australian Certified Organic tested products as diverse as nuts, miso, beans, oysters, garlic, spices, soba noodles, oats, sourdough breads, raspberry leaves, roasted coffee beans, lemons and kale.
Certified organic meat comes from animals that are fed certified organic feed so Australian Certified Organic also tests animal feed such as silage, hay and pasture. It also tested input products such as compost, liquid seaweed and blood and bone for residues. No samples tested positive for detectable synthetic residues.
If in the unlikely event products show residues but are being sold as certified organic, Australian Certified Organic follows it up immediately with the retailer. If you have any suspicions or concerns about residues in organic products please contact us, anonymously or otherwise, on 07 3350 5716.