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.

Edible plants:

  • 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:

  • Fructose
  • Rice paper
  • Unleavened bread paper
  • Starch from rice and waxy maize

Miscellaneous products:

  • Pea protein
  • Rum, only obtained from cane sugar juice
  • Kirsch made from fruits as a flavouring

Animal products:

  • Aquatic organisms, which have not been farmed and which are allowed in non-organic food
  • Gelatin
  • 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.