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What is Certified Organic?

The term ‘Certified Organic’ means a product has been through a strict certification process and has met the requirements of an approved certification Standard, such as the National Standard for Organic and Bio-dynamic Produce or the Australian Certified Organic Standard. Brands and/or businesses are then audited annually to ensure they continue to meet the strict requirements of the Standard.

In Australia, certified organic always means:

  • Sustainable and regenerative
  • Synthetic herbicide, pesticide and chemical free
  • All animals are free to roam
  • GMOs, artificial additives and hormones prohibited

There’s a difference between ‘organic’ and ‘certified organic’ in Australia

Did you know that currently in Australia, there is no regulation for the term ‘organic’? This means that a product can be labelled ‘organic’ even if it has not been through organic certification. Due to our nation’s lack of domestic regulation, you might find products with as little as 2% organic ingredients with an organic claim on their labelling.

The only way to guarantee that your product is authentically organic is to look for a certification mark such as the Australian Certified Organic ‘Bud’ logo.

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