|August 27, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: A relaxing of Australian
Certified Organic (ACO) regulations has relieved Australian
organic citrus growers of a major quandary: how to control
Canker and still retain organic status?
For around two months, organic citrus growers have
been forced to forgo selling their produce as organic
after the highly contagious bacterial disease, Canker,
was identified on a Queensland property in early July
Part of the stringent requirements brought in to control
the disease included a mandatory chemically charged
post-harvest treatment for citrus. Given the rare nature
of the outbreak, there were no chemical sanitizers allowed
for organic citrus producers to treat their fruit without
compromising their organic status.
To remedy the situation peracetic acid, a previously
restricted product, has been given interim approval
by the organic industry regulator, Australian Inspection
and Quarantine Service (AQIS), for the control of citrus
canker in organic systems.
“This is a real breakthrough for organic and conventional
producers alike,” said Catriona Mills, managing
director of Australian Certified Organic