Organic Alliance Malaysia, OAM
Organic Alliance Malaysia(OAM) is expected 2011 to be a benchmark year for the organic industry in Malaysia with the enforcement of the organic labeling regulation. As mentioned in the 2010 Directory issue, OAM welcomes government effort to deter misleading labeling.
Prior to the labeling regulation, OAM prepared a domestic organic labeling scheme to serve a similar purpose. Based on favorable feedback of the Organic Malaysia mark, widely introduced through the Organic Malaysia Directory, we are ready to launch in 2011. Besides local fruit and vegetables, certified by the Department of Agriculture (DOA) under Skim Organic Malaysia (SOM), there are also local and imported organic processed products in the market. Imported products (in bulk) are re-packed into consumer packs locally. Currently SOM does not cover verification of import or certification of processing or repacking activities. Here is where OAM can compliment SOM and together provide the services necessary for a smooth enforcement of the labeling regulation.
OAM does not expect enforcement to have a negative impact on small farmers as SOM is available nearly free of charge. However, processors and re-packers who are not operating according to standards will have to develop their organic management systems accordingly. OAM is prepared to offer assistance at a reasonable rate. Adoption and verification of proper handling and good management practices is essential to maintain market confidence in organic products. OAM looks forward to working with the DoA and industry players to enhance competence and credibility of the organic sector and facilitate a sure organic choice for consumers.
Soil Association Organic, SAO
The Soil Association Organic was founded in 1946 by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists who observed a direct connection between farming practice and plant, animal, human and environmental health.
Today, the SAO is the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. We have over 150 staff based in Bristol and Edinburgh and working as certification inspectors across the country. The Soil Association's Chief Executive is Helen Browning, who reports to the Council of Trustees.
You might expect something so vital to be organized and supported by the government. But in fact the Soil Association is a charity, reliant on donations and on the support of its members and the public to carry out its work.