Food labelling is an absolute minefield and it is one of the most important factors for people who are conscious of buying chemical free foods and products. With so many foods labelled ‘organic’ or ‘Certified Organic’, confusion is easy for consumers about what the actual difference and benefits are. We have broken it down to help explain what it means for a food to be organic and which sources are more reliable to ensure you are getting what you are paying for.
For a food to be labelled ‘organic’, it must be grown without the use of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides genetically modified organisms or ionizing radiation and sewage sludge. The same approach applies to animals providing meat, eggs, poultry and dairy products. They must all be free from growth hormones and antibiotics.
‘Certified Organic’ is a registered trademark which has its own extremely strict standard that has been approved by the government. It means the food or 100% of the ingredients in the food are organic. Australian Certified Organic randomly and routinely audits and tests products and businesses that use this law. The strict standards of ‘Certified Organic’ actually provides a guarantee that all the products certified are in fact 100% organic. This gives consumers reliability and trust in that what they are buying matches the product quality that it is claiming to be.
To be able to label a food ‘organic’ a company has no standards or certification to meet. So in fact anyone can label their food or products organic, but they contain no organic ingredients at all. This is not only deceptive it’s unfair to consumers putting their trust in brands based on what they are saying and not getting what they are paying for.
In reality, the only way to ensure the food you are buying is actually organic is to buy ‘Certified Organic’. If a company or product has been labelled ‘Certified Organic’ it means they have voluntarily opted to adhere to these stricter requirements in the production of their product. This means they are providing a truly organic product to you, the consumer. The company must source its product from farmers who meet every condition stipulated. A product that meets the ‘Certified Organic’ standard will feature the Australian Certified Organic logo at the top of this post.
There we have it, ‘Certified Organic’ is the only way to go for a cleaner, healthier life and you!