Organic certification is when an organic certifying group audits a business’ methods to ensure that they comply with national or international standards for organic farming and processing.
Many people have their business certified to reassure wholesalers, retailers and consumers that their produce is organic.
In Australia, organic certification is performed by several organisations that are accredited by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), formerly the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) under the National Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce. Currently there are 7 registered DAFF accredited certifying bodies.
Organic certification is the key to ensuring that what you purchase is in fact organic. In order to ensure that those who have achieved certified organic status are complying with the Standard, certifiers audit them both periodically and randomly.
Australian Certified Organic (ACO) is Australia's largest certifier for organic and biodynamic produce and has over 1500 operators within its certification system. ACO audits are done by an independent auditor.
Demeter International is the largest certification organization for biodynamic agriculture. Its name is a reference to Demeter, the Greek goddess of grain and fertility. Demeter Biodynamic Certification is used in over 50 countries to verify that biodynamic products meet international standards in production and processing. The Demeter certification program was established in 1928, and as such was the first ecological label for organically produced foods.
Formed in 1986, it stands for The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia. NASAA is focused on providing quality, cost efficient organic certification services. With operations both in Australia and Overseas, the company provides certification and inspection services, which assist in facilitating market access throughout the world for NASAA certified organic product.
Safe Food Queensland (SFQ) is the most recent certification organisation to begin operating in Australia. It is run by the Queensland Government.
The Tasmanian Organic Producers (TOP) certify organic and biodynamic food grown or made in Tasmania.
The Organic Food Chain (OFC) is a grower owned and operated company.
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