About organic certification
Wherever possible we buy only certified organic produce from farmers and producers who are certified by an independent certifying body. Certifying bodies ensure that claims made about the way a product is raised, grown, or harvested are true and can be validated.
Although we don’t buy any imported fresh produce, we do buy some organic items that are imported. When we do we search for only certified organic products validated by the certifying organic organisation in the country of origin. This ensures that claims about the organic product are valid.
Certification of organic produce in Australia
There is no legal requirement for certification of organic products sold in Australia, so anyone can claim to produce an organic product. However, many organic producers, farmers and businesses voluntarily choose to be certified by a certification body to promote consumer confidence in their product.
Organic standards used in Australia are managed by private organisations. Buying a ‘certified organic’ product in Australian means that the product has been scrutinised by a certifying body.
There are a handful of certifying bodies in Australia, who base their certification on the Australian Standard for Organic and biodynamic products, AS 6000-2009 (Australian Standard).
Each of these certifying bodies has a unique label and generally a certification number which is provided to operators; each number is unique.
If you want to check a products certified organic status, you can search for organic operators and their products on the certification bodies website.
To be sure you are buying a certified product, look for labels that include the certifying body logo and the product’s certification number. The certifying bodies are listed here:
The Australian Certified Organic Standard is one of the most respected and rigorous standards in the world for organic production. It is published by organic industry not-for-profit representative group, Australian Organic.
NASAA Certified Organic (NCO) is owned by the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA), and provides certification services to the organic industry, both in Australia and internationally.
AusMeat and AusQual are Australia and New Zealand’s leading providers of agribusiness auditing, certification and training services. They provide quality assurance certification programs for horticulture, poultry & eggs, food safety, organics, animal welfare and social and ethical compliance.
Bio-Dynamic Research Institute (Demeter) provide both organic and biodynamic certification for operators who satisfy the requirements of the Standards. Under this scheme operators must show that soil structure development and farm management meets the Australian Demeter bio-dynamic Standard.
The Organic Food Chain Pty Ltd (OFC) is a certifying organisation committed to the national Standard and other international organic certification standards through regular inspections and sampling.
When you buy certified organic products look for one of these labels so you can be sure that they are produced in line with organic standards. That way you are assured of ethical and sustainable production.