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What’s the difference between ‘Organic’ and ‘Certified Organic’?

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 (such as the Australian Organic ‘Bud’ logo – now recognised by 51% of shoppers), 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.

Source: austorganic.com

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