Label-Reading Tips For Product Safety–Tip #1 #Organic Certifications & #GMOs
“Organic producers that implement preventive measures to avoidcontact with GMOs will not have their certification threatenedfrom the inadvertent presence of the products of excludedmethods (GMOs). Crops grown on certified organic operationmay be sold, labeled and represented as organic, even with theinadvertent presence of GMOs, provided that all organicrequirements under 7 CFR Part 205 have been followed.”
Some basic rules when certifying a processed product:
- Obtain valid organic certificates for all certified ingredients
- Non certified ingredients are generally permitted when certified ingredients are not available on the market.
- Non certified ingredients cannot: be of GMO origin or manufactured using GMO technology, be fumigated or treated with compounds prohibited by organic standard, cannot exceed 10% of other contamination MRL as defined by FSANZ, cannot be irradiated.
- Onus is [an] operator to obtain and supply ACO with proof non GMO, Irradiation and treatment statements for non organic ingredients.
- The amount of non organic ingredient(s) will affect the type of organic claim :
- 100% certified organic content, label can state “100% organic” + bud logo
- 95%-100% certified organic content, label can state “certified organic” + bud logo
- 70%-95% certified organic content, label can state “made with certified organic ingredients”, cannot use bud logo but must indicate certification number (ie ‘ACO 99999P’) (*exception for cosmetics)
- <70 % certified organic content cannot make any certification claims, can only list ingredients as ‘organic’, cannot include certification number or bud logo – www.aco.net.au