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2019 and the beginning of 2020 have seen devastating bushfires in many areas of Australia. Fire-fighting efforts are facilitated by the use of a range of fire retardant chemicals, which may impact organic properties and lands in affected areas. Many of these chemicals are prohibited inputs according to the Australian Certified Organic Standard 2019, and the National Standard for Organic and Bio-dynamic Produce 3.7. If you think your property may have been contaminated, please refer to the Australian Organic General Guidance in the link below.

Please see below link to the latest update regarding organic certification and the unforeseen contamination of lands:

https://austorganic.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/AOL_ACOS_2019_Notification_1905.pdf

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your certification body for further information.

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