|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 this year.
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.