In early August the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture of Australia (NASAA) employee Wenpeng You was granted approval to inspect organic products on behalf of China.
WuYue HuaXia Management and Technique Centre is a Beijing based Chinese organic certifier, and it was this organisation that granted You approval.
Mr You will conduct organic inspections in Australia for a number of categories, including plant production, processing, animal breeding and aquaculture – which is the farming of aquatic organisms including fish and crustaceans.
The animal breeding category is particularly pertinent for organic meat suppliers, because it is a crucial component to organic certification.
This is a big development in NASAA being able to help its clients achieve Chinese Certification and break into the Chinese export market.
Applications for Chinese Certification have come in thick and fast, NASAA general manager Ben Copeman has said. If interest continues to be high, the next step is to send NASAA organic inspectors to Beijing so they can receive in-depth training of the Chinese Organic regulation procedures and practices.
Farmers won’t have to worry about having multiple inspections throughout the year if they wish to be Chinese certified – instead all certifications, including NASAA, NOP, JAS, Chinese and Korean, can received in one go.
The first inspections will be completed by the end of August and take about 30-40 days to complete, Copeman said. This means the first export to China can take place mid to late October.
Late August saw Mr You inspect the Australian-based, NASAA-certified organic produced Temple Bruer Winery that resides in Milang in South Australia.
This development will likely only prove to expand the organic industry and help suppliers export to China, where there is already an increasing demand.