Why is the organic certification so important?
Organic Merchant is certified as a supplier of organic produce by ACO Certification Ltd, Australia’s largest certifier for organic and biodynamic produce.
Certification ensures compliance with national and international production standards and allows trace back of all products to their origin.
ACO is ISO9001 certified company that provides certification to the National and International organic certification standards including the Australian Certified Organic Standards (ACOS) to enable certified operators to use the Bud Logo.
The Australian Certified Organic logo (known as the ‘bud’) is Australia’s organic industry’s leading logo. It carries with it the ability to market organic produce on both domestic and international markets with confidence and market advantage.
THE BUD LOGO
The Australian Certified Organic Logo
The logo is well recognised both in Australia, and now in increasingly key areas such as Asia, Europe and the US.
ACO’s certification program and protocols are approved, accredited, and recognised with the:
- Department of Agriculture & Water Resources Australia
- US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Japan Ministry for Agriculture Forestry & Fisheries
- NAQS Korea
- COFCC China
ENSURING INDUSTRY STANDARDS
Importance of Certified Organic
The only way to know what you are consuming is made without synthetic colourings, preservatives, additives or genetically modified (GM) ingredients is to look for the ACO Logo.
While the ACCC demands that brands substantiate organic claims, companies do not have to be officially certified to label their products as “organic” in Australia.
This makes it even more important for us to ensure our products carry the Australian Certified Organic (ACO) logo to show that they have been approved by the ACO certification body.
For a product to be labelled ‘certified organic’ it must go through a rigorous certification process at every part of the supply chain to ensure it meets organic standard requirements – from the farm and the sourcing the ingredients, to manufacturing and processing, all the way through to getting into stores.
The Australian Certified Organic Standard (ACOS) is one of the strictest and most thorough food regulatory standards in the world. Products that adhere to this standard display the ‘Bud’ certification mark.
Every single ‘Bud’ product has a certification number unique to the operator and this allows for traceability throughout the production system.
For more information please visit the Australian Organic website.