Niugini Organics is certified as an Organic Producer and Processor by the Organic Food Chain. OFC is one of only 6 organisations in Australia appointed by the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources certify compliance with the Australian Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce.
These certifying Agencies within Australia are:
Organic Food Chain www.organicfoodchain.com.au
NASSA Certified Organic www.nasaa.com.au
Biodynamic Research Institute www.demeter.org.au
Safe Food Production Queensland www.safefood.qld.gov.au
Australian Certified Organic www.aco.net.au
The Australian Government has recognised that exports of Organic produce and food will be increasingly a cornerstone of trade in a world where natural production techniques and pristine environments are becoming scarce commodities. As such the implementation of the Australian
Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Production is crucial to the reputation of Australian Exports.
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources ensures that all of the above organisations vigorously enforce the Standard and maintain the integrity and reputation of Australian Organic Producers.
International protocols dictate that where an imported product is certified as organic in the country of production an importer may label it as complying with the standard of the importing country and use the logo on the package providing the importer is a member of that certifying organisation in the importing country.
Integrity of AFC
Because of the extremely high standard and integrity of Australian certifying agencies, Niugini Organics chose to engage the Organic Food Chain directly as its certifier. Niugini Organics is a direct client of the Organic Food Chain and the Organic Food Chain engages an independent auditor to travel to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea carry out audits on the processing facility and also smallholder coconut suppliers. Physical inspections ensure that paper-chain records are kept and that they are accurate and meaningful.
Compliance & Management
Organic certification is not only about not herbicides, insecticides and fertilisers. Compliance also means that the annual audit confirms that we abide by our Organic Management Plan, which we update and submit to OFC annually. Good practice, good hygiene, and good management are essential.
All label drafts and formulations are submitted to OFC for approval before a product goes into production or is updated. This ensures that all ingredients are permitted inputs and that labelling confirms the correct level of Organic status.
Relationship with Suppliers
Just as important is the notion of corporate citizenship. In our case the relationship with the coconut suppliers and the engagement of the company and its personnel with the local community are also important.
OFC’s auditor Brian Flegler, out on the job with Niugini Organics smallholder coordinator Lavinia Tovue and coconut supplier Lucy Ko during our 2015 Audit.