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  • Organic Food Chain preservatives

    Posted by cossci21 on August 24, 2014 at 7:47 pm


    does anyone make products that are OFC certified?
    Looking for preservatives that are ok by OFC standards, other than potassium sorbate there doesnt seem to be much?
    cossci21 replied 9 years, 10 months ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
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  • The_Microbiologist

    August 25, 2014 at 11:55 am

    This is the million (billion?) dollar question!  If any of you out there ever come up with a safe, all natural cosmetic preservative that works as well as the old standby preservatives (parabens, etc) when in a complete formulation then please do get in touch with me.  We will have a business to make together :)

    cossci21:  Organic acids, leucidal, and potassium sorbate/benzoate are pretty much all that come to mind and in my view all have ample disadvantages compared to traditional preservatives.

    Good luck!

  • Bobzchemist

    August 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Since Organic Food Chain is an Australian-only organic certifier, and as far as I know there are only a few raw material manufacturers in Australia, if you are looking specifically for OFC certified preservatives you are probably not going to find much, if anything.

    If you are able to use US and/or EU organic certified products, you will find a much greater variety. 

    In the US, products are certified to meet the USDA’s NOP standards. (United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program (NOP)). A number of so-called third-party certifiers are permitted to certify products - the government sets the standards, but it’s private companies that actually issue the certifications. As near as I can tell from a brief look, Organic Food Chain is the Australian equivalent of a US third-party certifier - they are not affiliated with the Australian government, but they certify to government standards. 

    In the EU, the organic certifiers I’m aware of are the Soil Association and Ecocert.

  • cossci21

    August 25, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Bobzchemist and the microbiologist

    thanks for that, we use Leuicidal in other oganic products but its not allowed in OFC because its fermented.
    Not much info out there on what can and cant be used, pity!
    Ok thanks for that. a new natural preservative that is effective and safe with no irritation would be great!!
  • Bobzchemist

    August 26, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Look for food preservatives instead.

  • cossci21

    September 11, 2014 at 4:25 am

    ok thanks bobzchemist

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