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Record number of comments for Organic Standard

“Over 900 comments were received on the draft of the Australian Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Products. Previously 60 comments were considered a high number for a draft standard.” stated Organic Federation of Australia chair, Andre Leu.

“This unprecedented level of support shows that the Australian organic sector wants to ensure that this standard meets the needs of our complex industry as well as the expectations of our consumers” Leu said.

The OFA and other industry organisations received submissions from the whole spectrum of the organic sector from producers, processors, retailers, consumers and certifiers.

As the peak industry body for the Australian organic and biodynamic sector, the Organic Federation of Australia (OFA) has spent three years working in partnership with the government and the Australian organic and biodynamic sector on this project.

“An Australian Standard will provide the organic industry with a uniform national benchmark for the production and the marketing of organic produce on the domestic market. Once developed, this standard can be used by government agencies such as the ACCC to ensure compliance against misleading and deceptive practices for organic products sold on the domestic market including imported products,” Leu said.

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