What does Certified Organic mean?
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 has been through rigorous audits and testing, and adhered to a standard, such as the Australian Certified Organic Standard (ACOS). To add to this, Certified Organic brands/companies are audited annually to maintain these strict standards.
When an organic product carries an organic certification mark, you can rest assured that it is truly organic and has been produced to the highest of standards.
What’s the difference between ‘Organic’ and ‘Certified Organic’?
Just because a product is labelled ‘organic’ doesn’t meant that it is certified. In Australia, there is little control over the term ‘organic’ – any company can use the term in their product name or labelling. ‘Organic’ products also have no regulations for minimal amounts of organic ingredients. This means a product labelled ‘organic’ could contain just 1% organic ingredients, and those ingredients may not have been sourced and processed to the same standards as a ‘certified organic’ equivalent.
Therefore, by choosing a Certified Organic product, you can rest assured that it meets strict certification standards, has been sourced and processed ethically and sustainably, and is truly organic.