What is the difference between “Organic” & ‘Certified Organic”?

Food labeling is one of the most important things to customers. Australia is set to introduce new, stricter and more transparent food labeling laws in 2016, signifying the shift in importance and customer mindset about what we read on a product package. With so many food products labeled ‘organic’ or ‘Certified Organic’ confusion can arise as to what the difference really is. We have broken it down to help explain what it means for a food to be organic and which source is more reliable to ensure the food is actually organic. 

For a food product to be ‘organic’, it must be grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms or ionizing radiation. The same approach applies to animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products. They must be free from antibiotics or growth hormones.

‘Certified Organic’ is a registered trademark which has its own strict standard that has been approved by the government. It means the food or 100% of the ingredients in the product are organic. Australian Certified Organic routinely and randomly audits and tests businesses and products that use this law. The strict standards of ‘Certified Organic’ provides a quality guarantee that the products are 100% organic. This ensures trust and reliability that what you are buying matches the product quality that it is claiming to be.