When you see a bag of oats that have been repacked by the shop owner can you trust that they’re really organic? Here’s how to pick true repacked organic food.
The word organic isn’t protected by consumer law in Australia. This means that companies can use the word regardless whether it’s really organic. In the United States companies can’t use the word on products unless it’s certified organic.
Repacked organic food
Health food stores and organic/wholefood stores often buy certified organic food like corn chips, oats and rice in bulk. They then repack them into smaller bags with their name. Great for us because they’re usually cheaper.
When the original packet arrived at the store it would have had an organic logo. Unless a shop is a certified organic retailer (something they apply and pay for) they’re not supposed to print the organic logo on the repacked food.
This is why you see ‘certified organic corn chips’ on labels but no certification logo. This might also include the name of the certification body.
How to spot a certified organic retailer
Certified organic retailers have requirements to abide by, they can’t use harmful cleaning chemicals and pest control and they’re audited each year.
They’re hard to miss. At the very least they will display an organic logo on the front of their shop and anywhere else they can.
Can you trust repacked organic food?
If it’s from a certified organic retailer yes you can. If it’s not it really depends on your level of trust in the integrity of the store, if it’s a store you regularly visit.
Certified organic food is fully traceable. If you’re in doubt about the ‘organicness’ of something the manager will be able to show you the original packaging or paperwork that came with the product when it arrived at the store. These will carry an organic logo.