Organic food products, including food containers and bags, will be required to have ‘natural’ labels in the New South Wales market.
The legislation, due to be introduced in the state’s 2017-18 budget, is the first major step in an organic food initiative that will eventually lead to a mandatory certification scheme in Australia.
The announcement was made at the Australian Organic Food Association’s annual conference, and follows a similar initiative in New Zealand.
‘Natural’ label Australia’s new organic legislation is a departure from Australia’s current food packaging laws, which require only organic products to have a label with a ‘natural, non-GMO ingredient’.
The label will require companies to also list the ‘organic’ status of any food that is not sourced from certified organic farms, as well as a ‘certified organic ingredient’.
But that could change in the future, with the Food Standards Agency announcing in January that it will introduce a new classification system that will allow for organic labels to be ‘certifiable’ by 2020.
The agency will also be looking at other ‘natural’, non-organic ingredients, such as plant extracts, in the packaging of products, according to a press release.
The law will apply to all packaged food in Australia, with some restrictions for ‘organic products’.
The new law will also introduce new standards for labelling of products that are not organic, as outlined in the NSW Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (DACS) 2018 report, Organic Food Labelling and Consumer Education: A Blueprint for New Zealand and Australia.
Under the legislation, food will only be labelled as organic if there are no significant changes in the organic content of the product, as specified by the Australian Institute of Food Science (AIFS).
The law is expected to introduce the same standard for the ‘non-organic’ label.
‘Non-organic” means that the label has been modified from the label of organic food.
‘Certified organic’ means the label is not organic.
The new regulations will apply for all ‘organic food’ and ‘nonorganic’ foods that are packaged or served at a retail establishment, as they currently do in New South Welsh, the Australian states.
However, if the product is a food that the food industry imports, the law will not apply.
The state’s food packaging legislation is the result of an initiative spearheaded by a number of organisations and companies, including the Australian Food Standards Institute (AFSI), the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), and the Australian Vegan Society.
The group behind the legislation is called the Organic Food Advocacy Network (OGAN), and is an alliance of organisations from around the world, including organisations representing organic food makers, processors, distributors, and food service companies.
The laws were launched following the AIFS report, which concluded that ‘there is no significant difference between the natural and non-natural label of conventional food, and the organic label can be applied for any food’.
‘Certification’ The legislation will also require labels to state whether or not the product contains ‘certification’ as ‘organic’, or ‘certificated organic’, or a combination of these labels.
The AIFs report also stated that the ‘natural label’ is intended to identify the products origin and quality, as opposed to being a ‘label for organic’, ‘non organic’, and ‘certificate organic’.
‘Non organic’ label The label for non-organically sourced organic food is currently ‘certifying organic’, according to the report.
The act also provides for the establishment of a ‘non profit’ body that will be responsible for establishing organic certification standards for the non-profit food industry.
‘Organic certification’ means that food is certified by a body that is approved by an independent international agency.
The non-governmental body is the Organic Foods Council of Australia (OGCA).
‘Certificated’ label Organic certification is meant to describe whether the food has been produced using a sustainable method, and is considered ‘organic’.
However, the legislation also makes a distinction between products labelled ‘certifiably organic’, such as organic food that has been certified by an organic certification body, and ‘organic certified’, products that have not been certified.
The term ‘certifier organic’ does not include ‘certifiers organic food’, which is produced using non-sustainable methods.
‘Food label’ refers to a label that identifies a food, rather than an ingredient.
A ‘food label’ may refer to any food ingredient, such an ingredient may include vitamins or spices, fruit or vegetables, dairy or meat.
‘Purchased food’ refers generally to products purchased in grocery stores, or on food shelves, that are labelled as ‘purchased’ and are not labelled as being ‘organic.’
The term is used to refer to all products that the consumer has bought, or that the product was purchased for consumption.
‘Dairy products’ refers specifically to dairy products, such products include milk