Food endorsement programs

We look beyond the catchy logos to tell you which endorsement schemes you can really trust.
 
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03.Highly recommended

Both these schemes below made our highly recommended list. They are fully independent from commercial interests and conduct annual, onsite third-party verification of producers or companies endorsed under their program. They’re transparent about their standards, governance and how they’re funded. They also ticked all the boxes for consumer focus, which we consider vital, given it’s consumers who are using the logos to buy products and ultimately support the programs. Importantly, both are accredited by the government’s Australian Quarantine Inspection Service as organic certification bodies.

AUSTRALIAN CERTIFIED ORGANIC (ACO)

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  • Logo seen on baby food, biscuits, bread, cakes, cereal, coffee, eggs, fruit, licorice, meat, milk, olive oil, tea, vegetables, wine etc. See the complete ACO product list.
  • What it means Use of this logo indicates the product meets organic standards, which include stringent animal welfare and environmental standards. Use of synthetic chemicals such as pesticides or herbicides is prohibited. There are no genetically modified inputs, and the organic philosophy incorporates a respect for the natural order of seasons and animal behaviour. Animals are free-range and there’s no use of growth promoters such as steroids or hormones.
  • Standards  Read the standards.
  • Program/organisation structure ACO is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA). Details of its structure and board are on the BFA website.
  • Program funding BFA is a not-for-profit organisation with the aim of progressing the sustainable development of the organic industry. BFA is funded by membership fees and promotional contributions, along with promotional initiatives and sponsorships for publications and other activities. ACO charges for its certification services and this funds its operating costs.

Consumer contact details
Phone: (07) 3350 5716
Email: organiccrusader@bfa.com.au

 

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NASAA CERTIFIED ORGANIC (NCO)

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  • Logo seen on baby food, cereal, cheese, fruit, herbs, jams and spreads, juice, meat, milk, nuts, olive oil, vegetables, wine etc. See NASAA's complete product list
  • What it means Use of this logo indicates the product meets organic standards, which include stringent animal welfare and environmental standards. Use of synthetic chemicals such as pesticides or herbicides is prohibited. There are no genetically modified inputs, and the organic philosophy incorporates a respect for the natural order of seasons and animal behaviour. Animals are free-range and there’s no use of growth promoters such as steroids or hormones.
  • Standards Read the standards.
  • Program/organisation structure NASAA comprises an association of members and internationally certified operators through its wholly owned subsidiary, NASAA Certified Organic (NCO). Both NASAA and NCO each have a board comprising up to five directors, as well as a chairperson. The NASAA website and annual report have more details.
  • Program funding NASAA is a not-for-profit company with income generated from its membership subscription, exhibition representation and the use of trademark revenue. The NCO is funded by the income generated from certification delivery and service provision.

Consumer contact details
Phone: (08) 8370 8455
Email: enquiries@nasaa.com.au

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