AS 6000:2015 pdf – Organic and biodynamic products. Where both products complying and not complying with this Standard are prepared in premises. the following criteria apply:
(a) The premises shall use designated areas for the storage of products complying with this Standard pre- and post-preparation.
(b) All equipment shall be pre-cleaned of substances not compatible with this Standard. This may include a water rinse, or a sufficient plug (flush) of organic products which shall then be diverted to the conventional market, or sufficient time for the cleaning product to volatilize.
(c) All cssential actions/steps shall be taken to cnsure identification of lots and to avoid mixing with products not in compliance with this Standard. Where product has been contaminated with non-permitted substances as a result of factors beyond the control of the operator, then the chemical residue tests of the product shall register less than 10% of the Maximum Residue Limit (see Clause 1.3.29) before the product can be labelled as ‘organic’. ‘biodynamic’ or ‘in-conersion’. The final product, or any of its ingredients and any food additives or processing aids, shall not have been subject to gene technology or nano technology or the use of ionizing radiation, excluding X-rays used for the detection of foreign matter. Only those substances pcrmitted in Appendix U shall be used as food additives or processing aids. Operators shall implement a documented risk management process to assess how they will avoid the accidental introduction of genetically modified organisms or nano technology to the production area during the time that organic or hiodynamic production is in progress. This shall include a procedure that ensures only organic or biodynamic products are in the preparation area at the one time,
3.2.2.S Where cleaning or flushing procedures are used, the operator shall ensure the removal of potential gene technology and.’or nano technology contamination before organic and biodynamic product is passed through the equipment. Irradiation is not permitted at any stage of the preparation of organic, hiodynamie or in-conversion product. The following processes are permitted under this Standard:
(a) Filtration.
(b) Biological.
(c) Mechanical.
(d) Physical.
(e) Smoking, where materials used as the fuel source are not treated with substances that do not comply with this Standard.
(f) Extraction.
(g) Precipitation.
3.2.2,11 Extraction shall only take place with water, ethanol, vinegar, carbon dioxide, plant and animal oils and nitrogen. These shall be of food grade quality and appropriate for their purpose. 2 The following presentation methods are permitted under this Standard:
(a) Freezing.
(b) Salting. sun drying or dehydration.
3.3.2 Requirenients The usc of additives and processing aids listed in Appendix I) is permitted only where their use does not compromise the authenticity of the product, or detract from the overall quality of the product. the use of additives and processing aids shall be restricted to a demonstrated technological need, or where they
(a) are indispensable for ensuring the safety of the product:
(b) are essential to prepare or preserve such a product: or
(c) minimize thc physical or mechanical processing of a product. Products derived from gene technology and/or nano technology or the use of ionizing radiation, excluding X-ray s used for the detection of foreign matter, either directly or indirectly shall not be used in organic management practices. Inputs. processing aids and ingredients shall be traced back one step in the biological chain to the organism from which they were produced to verify that they are not derived from gene technology or nano technology.
3.4 PA(’KA(ING
3.4.1 RequIrements Packaging shall not contaminate organic or biodynamic products and shall exclude unnecessary packaging and where practicable, incorporate recycled and/or recyclable and biodegradable materials. All material used for packaging of organic, biodynamic or in-conversion food products shall be equivalent to food grade packaging materials.
NOTE: For details see AS 2070.