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Make Sure You Get Truly Free Range

October 15, 2013

Shoppers who buy certified organic not only get truly free range eggs, they’re also buying eggs that are produced without artificial colour additives, antibiotics and synthetic agrichemicals. This reminder comes in the wake of CHOICE filing a ‘super complaint’ to the NSW Fair Trading Minister calling for the standardisation of labelling for free-range eggs, and…

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Australian Certified Organic advises clients exporting to the United States to continue business as normal.

October 2, 2013

The United States Department of Agriculture has put a contingency plan in place for its agencies, affecting the operations of the National Organic Program, NOP. NOP is shutting down its nonessential operations and says its services could be delayed or interrupted. According to the latest information received by Australian Certified Organic, these events are not…

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Top stories from Australian Organic magazine

September 26, 2013

The first issue of Australian Organic has just been released to its members. If you are interested in republishing or covering any of the stories below please let us know. EXPORTING ORGANIC TO CHINA Food contamination scandals and environmental issues have changed food buying habits of the rising Chinese middle class, which perceives imported food to be…

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ACO producer wins Farmer of the Year

September 16, 2013

Congratulations to certified organic producers Matthew and Mel Carter from Myall Springs, NSW, for taking out the Livestock Producer of the Year award at the Farmer of the Year awards. Their property is a stunning example of grazing using native grasses. It’s also open to the public for camping, bird watching or gatherings. The Carters…

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Organic Sausages; Trustworthy and Ethical

July 23, 2013

Australian Organic reminds retailers and consumers that a product can’t be labeled certified organic just because it’s made from organic ingredients. To be sold as certified organic the final product also needs to be audited and pass certification, verifying its integrity and claims. A Choice survey found a single batch of sausages, labeled organic by…

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Australia’s Largest Organic Body Announces New CEO

July 23, 2013

Australian Organic has appointed Paul Stadhams to the position of CEO. Paul has a background in the agriculture and food processing sectors and was most recently a state administration and operations manager with national fresh produce wholesaler Moraitis. Australian Organic owns the most recognised organic logo in the country, Australian Certified Organic, which is identified…

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Cosmetic Accreditation Now Available in Australia

July 21, 2013

Asia-Pacific cosmetic and skincare manufacturers can now apply for a world leading certification scheme in Australia. Australian Certified Organic can now accredit products and raw materials with the Cosmetics Organic and natural Standard, COSMOS. It is the only Australian and Asia-Pacific based certifier approved to accredit products with this logo. COSMOS is the most respected…

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Organic Farmers Helped By New Mining Guidelines

July 21, 2013

The Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA) is releasing guidelines for organic producers and mining companies endorsed by the Queensland Government. Unlike conventional properties, organic certified producers are afforded some protection under a number of Acts. Petroleum and gas activity on an organic or biodynamic property is described as an advanced activity under Acts including the…

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Name Change For Australia’s Leading Organic Body

January 30, 2013

The body that owns Australia’s most respected and recognised organic logo has changed its name. Biological Farmers of Australia, or BFA, has changed its name to simply Australian Organic. Australian Organic owns the logo that appears on the majority of certified organic produce in Australia – the Australian Certified Organic ‘Bud’ mark. It also owns…

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