Frequently Asked Questions

Are Organica Products Organic Certified?

Yes, Organica Australia Pty Ltd has the Certified allowed Farm Input Certification by ACO.

 

Australian Certified Organic

Please view updated 2021 ACO Standards

The majority of organic products sold in Australia carry the Australian Certified Organic BUD Logo. You will see the BUD on a huge variety of products ranging from apples to baby foods, coffee to liquorice and clothing.

The BUD Logo is displayed as a stamp of integrity, and is the only symbol that consumers widely recognise. The BUD represents everything that Australian organics is about – the growth and promise of spring, the sign of big things growing from the initial organic movement, and the strength and logic of nature and natural (biological and organic) systems in guiding our choices in life. The BUD reassures consumers that all the product ingredients have been certified to the Australian Certified Organic Standard and have met rigorous certification checks. It can only be used on packaging for products which have achieved certification through ACO’s certification scheme. Most importantly, the BUD represents Australia’s leading certification program – ACO – ensuring integrity of organic products in the marketplace for consumers.

The Australian Certified Organic Standard is one of the most respected and rigorous standards in the world for organic production, and is published by organic industry not-for-profit representative group, Australian Organic.

ACO is approved and accredited to act as a certifier in Australia by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as compliant to the National standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce

ACO won the CHOICE (consumer watchdog) Award for Best Food Endorsement Program in 2010 contending against many well known and respected logos.

What is Organic?

Whole systems approach
Organics is not just “chemical free”. It is a whole systems or holistic means of growing and handling food. The whole system is linked – Soil. Plants. Animals. Food. People. Environment.
Friendlier
Certified Organic products are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers, or GMO’s.
Innovative
Organic is an innovative method of farming and production – and is increasingly being recognised as being on the leading edge of food and fibre technology.
Market advantage
Educated consumers are happy to pay a fair price for the guarantee that the organic produce they purchase is supporting farmers who aim towards ecologically sustainable practices – looking after the environment we all share. The only way you can be assured you are buying genuine, organic products is to purchase those certified with Australian Certified Organic.
The ACO Certification Ltd BUD can only be used on packaging of products which have achieved certification through our certification scheme. Certified operators can apply to use the BUD on their promotional material to support their organic claims.

 

Why Certified Organic?

Guaranteed
In order to guarantee that products are organic, they need to be certified. Organic certification involves auditing an operation’s methods to ensure that they comply with the guidelines of organic production.
Over 70% of organic certified operators in Australia are granted permission to use the ACO logo, which we affectionately refer to as the “BUD”.
Rigorous standards
Standards setting follows a highly transparent process with the industry’s key stakeholders providing input via approx. a dozen Australian Organic Advisory Groups. These standards are upheld by rigorous auditing of operations and a third party report reviewing process.
This process itself is audited by government departments and authorities worldwide for ACO to maintain its accreditation as an international certifier.
All links in the chain
Wholesalers, retailers and consumers alike all know that the BUD logo is their guarantee of organic integrity. Every step of the process (from paddock to plate) must be audited according to the Organic Standard to be able to market a product using the sought-after organic BUD logo.

Why do Organica's products say AC Backrubs instead of Organica?

This is a question we at Organica can not answer, all of Organica’s products, Organica Cattle Coat, Organica Pony Coat, Oranica Pony Balm and Organica De-horning Balm are registered trademarks owned by Organica Australia. Ciaran and Jayne Gentry from A C Backrubs were our distributor for Organica products however A C Backrubs chose to no longer be our distributor. Organica Australia will be your port of call to buy your Livestock products going forward. Please refer to our Contact us to become a stockist and refer to the stockist page to see where you can purchase our one of a kind products from our loyal stores. Organica Australia are the manufactures of all of the above products. There is no supply issue or shortage, all of our products are manufactured in our factory in Kingston, Brisbane. Cattle Coat is bigger and better than ever and we look forward to supplying as many farms and businesses as possible.

Who is Graze Organics?

Graze Organics is the “daughter company” to organica Australia. Please refer to our About us page to read about our family business which is continuing to grow to incorporate the next generation.

Does Cattle Coat have a withholding period?

All of Organica’s livestock products have no withholding period ie Cattle Coat, Pony Coat, Pony Balm and De-horning Balm and are all USDA NOP compliant with the ACO certified allowed farm input (no 442) . Please refer to Compliance Certificates for the full list of our products Organica manufacture.

What does ACO USDA NOP compliant mean?

USDA (NOP)

The National organic Program (NOP), a stand-alone certification program developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), came into effect in October 2002 to regulate organic production, processing and marketing in the US.

NOP certification is required for you to access the US market. Please note that Canada and USDA have organic equivalency arrangement. All operations of the supply chain except for operations that don’t produce/process/repack products need to be NOP accredited, this would include the following:
  • Producers
  • Processors/Contract processor
  • Re-packer

The USDA organic regulations recognize four categories of organic products:

  • Crops: A plant that is grown to be harvested as food, livestock feed, fiber, or used to add nutrients to the field.
  • Livestock: Animals that can be used for food or in the production of food, fiber, or feed.
  • Processed products: Items that have been handled and packaged (i.e. chopped carrots) or combined, processed, and packaged (i.e. soup).
  • Wild crops: Plants from a growing site that is not cultivated.

Can I buy Graze Organics products and Organica products in stores?

Yes, please see the list of stockists for further details.