All food for children under the age of 12 months has to meet strict legal standards, and these apply equally to organic and non-organic baby food. There are no differences between the two types in terms of safety and quality. The law also restricts the use of pesticides in baby food ingredients. Very limited types of pesticides may be used, but levels of residue on non-organic baby food are kept so low they are almost non-existent.
Nonetheless, some mums like the idea of organic foods for babies and there are environmental benefits too. You can always opt for the certified organic products in the Wattie’s Organic Baby Food range; here are some of the big green ticks that come with them:
- They come in resealable glass jars, which are easy to rinse out for your recycling bin.
- All the ingredients have been grown on organic farms that are independently inspected and audited on their methods for at least 3 years. They avoid synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and aim for sustainable, environmentally friendly production.
- Organic standards prohibit the use of genetically modified organisms.
- There are plenty of unique, tasty varieties like Vegetable & Ricotta Pasta, Spring Lamb and Baby Vegetables, and Chicken & Kumara Mash.
- Like all Wattie’s baby foods they have no added preservatives, salt, artificial colours or flavours.
The Wattie’s Organic Baby Food range is Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA) certified. BFA standards are very similar to NZ BioGro standards. For more information you can visit www.bfa.com.au