Non-organic food ingredients
The following list of non-organic ingredients are allowed to be included in organic processed foods. These are permitted because it is currently difficult or impossible to source organic versions of these ingredients.
- Acorns (quercus species)
- Cola nuts (cola acuminata)
- Passion fruit also known as maracujas (passiflora edulis)
- Dried raspberries (rubus idaeus)
- Dried redcurrents (ribes rubrum)
- Peuvian pepper (schinus molle L.)
- Horseradish seeds (armoracia rusticana)
- Lesser galanga (alpina officinarum)
- Safflower flowers (carthamus tinctorius)
- Algae, including seaweeds, which are allowed as ingredients. (Note - spirulina algae (Arthrospira platensis) must be organic.)
Sugars and starches from cereals and tubers:
- Rice paper
- Unleavened bread paper
- Starch from rice and waxy maize
- Pea protein
- Rum, only obtained from cane sugar juice
- Kirsch made from fruits as a flavouring
- Aquatic organisms, which have been farmed and which are allowed in non-organic food
- Whey powder
- Natural sausage skin casings
Our licensees cannot use non-organic ingredients that have been irradiated.
You can see the full standards around non-organic ingredients in standards 40.8.20 to 40.8.26 available here.