What does ‘certified organic’ mean?

Organic means food how it should be. A conscious choice to work with nature and care for our environment and those who live in it rather than rely on synthetic means.

The term ‘certified organic’ means the farm, product or service, has been independently, third party verified by a certification agency as being organic. This means that every part of the supply chain from the soil on the farm, to production of a product/ingredient or the service provided has been through rigorous audits and testing and adhered to a standard, such as the Australian Certified Organic Standard (ACOS)

 

What is a certification agency?

Australian certification agencies are accredited by the Australian Government via the Department of Agriculture, Water and Resources. They independently inspect, assess and certify products in compliance with the relevant organic standards.

 

Who can use the term ‘organic’?

In Australia, there is little or no control over the term ‘organic’ and unfortunately any company can use the term in their product name or labelling without justification. Whereas to use the term ‘certified organic’, a business must be independently, third party verified by a certification agency.

This is why it’s important for consumers to be aware of any product not carrying a certification logo, such as the Australian Organic ‘bud’ logo, as it means there is no guarantee of how the product has been processed or produced.

By choosing certified organic, you can trust it is organic.

Why Choose Certified Organic?

Clothes, cosmetics, food and drink labelled with a certified organic logo, mean they are grown and made:

1. As nature intended

Free from synthetic chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics and GMOs

2. Responsible

Fair trade, free range and not tested on animals

3. Sustainable

Soil quality and water use is top of mind for organic farmers