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The importance of a ‘certified organic’ label

The use of the label ‘organic’ is regulated by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service when produce is exported overseas. However, the organic label isn’t regulated in Australia for products sold in our domestic market.

Australian Organic, explains that sometimes companies wrongly call their products organic when they aren’t.

Any manufacturer can put ‘natural and organic’ on their product labels and that might mean that some or part of a product is organic or natural but there’s no guarantee that the whole product is organic as the label says.

In Australia, organic certification is performed by several different organisations accredited by the Department of Agriculture. These organisations, like the Australian Certified Organic and Organic Food Chain, are authorised by the government to administer certification to the same national organic standard.

A certified organic product is therefore guaranteed to be free-range, non-GMO, pasture-fed, water-efficient and biodiversity-friendly, as well as being free from synthetic pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antibiotics.

Companies with certified organic produce that import ingredients from overseas are also checked according to stringent rules.

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