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Food - "organic" can be a flexible term

PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 9:47 am
by MichaelB
Most people who buy organic foods are happy to pay a higher price to ensure that what they are consuming is free of artificial preservatives and additives and has been produced in an environmentally friendly way.
  
It really pays to not only read labels, but then to find out what is stated on the label actually means. The following is a brief summary of organic labeling guidelines in Australia.
 
100% organic - where all ingredients (excluding water and salt) come from certified organic sources.
 
Certified organic - where at least of 95% of ingredient mass (excluding water and salt) come from certified organic sources, and where all other materials are allowed under Australian standards for use in certified processed product.
 
Certified organic ingredients - Where less than 95% but not less than 70% of the ingredients are of certified organic origin (again, not including water and salt), and where all other materials are allowed under the Australian standard.
 
GMO crops and irradiation cannot be used.
 
Products that have under 70% mass/mass of certified organic ingredients can not make reference on labelling to certification status or organic content.
 
Source: Biological Farmers Australia