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NEW FOOD PACKAGING IN STORE NOW

From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

  • CURRENT Packaging
  • new Packaging

We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

Products purchased via the website will be delivered to customers in our old packaging until the end of October. From November, products ordered from the website will be delivered in the new packaging.

Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

For any questions, connect with our team of accredited practising Dietitians on +61 3 6332 9200

Product name changes

  • Cereal Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Baby Rice
  • NEW Packaging Organic Rice with Prebiotic (GOS) Note: Our Baby Rice recipe has been upgraded to now include GOS Prebiotic
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Vanilla Rice Custard
  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
  • Ready To Serve Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Banana, Pear & Mango
  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Mango, Blueberry & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Peach & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
  • RUSKS NAME CHANGES
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
Home/Nutrition & Recipes/Articles/Benefits of Organic/Organic vs. Conventional/Conventional Diet vs Organic: What New Research Tells Us

Conventional Diet vs Organic: What New Research Tells Us

shutterstock_172534508Until now, there has been very few studies carried out that compare organic with conventional Australian diets. While understanding the many benefits, most comprehensive studies have been performed overseas, where different regulations surrounding agriculture applies. Thanks to Dr Liza Oates at Melbourne’s RMIT University, however, Australian’s now have a more in depth look at the benefits of eating organic.

Dr Oates’ study compared a week of conventional eating with a week of consuming predominantly certified organic food. During the organic phase, the participants consumed on average 93% organic food, which included both certified organic and “likely organic” sources.

The results found that participants living on the organic diet saw a drop of 89% in organophosphate pesticides in their urine, a staggering amount in just one short week. The study is a strong reminder that chemicals can make their way into the body via our food and drink choices, but the fact that some chemicals remained in those eating an organic diet shows there are alternate routes of exposure too. Ironically, those in rural areas consume less quantities of pesticide-contaminated food, yet they are the most exposed to pesticide sprays. As pesticides can be absorbed through the skin and inhaled, even those eating organic can still be exposed as long as the country continues to use pesticides on crops.

Organophosphate pesticides are commonly used when producing conventional food and, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, organophosphates are highly toxic to bees and wildlife, as well as humans. Recent studies suggest a possible link to adverse effects in the neurobehavioural development of fetuses and children, even at very low levels of exposure. There is also emerging research suggesting a link between chronic low-dose exposure to organophosphates and issues with the nervous system.

Given their weight and growing patterns, children are at the most risk of contamination from agricultural chemicals, and the latest research by Dr Oates has strengthened Australia Organic’s concerns for child safety. If such high levels of organophosphates can be found in adults, the need to reduce pesticides in children’s food is even more prominent. The good news is that the study showed how quickly the toxins can leave the body, simply by switching to an organic diet.

Earlier in the year, Moms Across America, an organisation concerned with the use of pesticides and genetically modified foods, carried out a series of tests with some of their members. What they found was that some women’s breast milk contained what they call “high” levels of glyphosate (found in products such as RoundUp). Other overseas research has supported a reduction in food additives (organic regulations ban or severely restrict the use of food additives) and has praised the conservation of water and soil quality seen with organic farming.

While organic research is yet to declare the difference in nutrition with its traditionally grown counterparts, there is no denying that organic farming can help the environment and reduce pollution. If it can reduce the level of toxins in the body too, surely that can only be a good thing.

Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
  • A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding may reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.
  • If you use infant formula, all preparation and feeding instructions must be followed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important for your baby’s health.