AOA Certified Table Olive Compliance

Table Olive Producer Signatory to the AOA Code of Practice have product testing obligations (annual) - which may be satisfied through provision of product testing results from a NATA accredited laboratory, or through participation in the AOA National Table Olive Competition (or other complying competitions).

From 2014 AOA will require Signatories to provide as a minimum, evidence of testing for the following parameters in accordance with “The Voluntary Industry Standard for Table Olives in Australia (RIRDC 2012)”: https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/12-111

  • Ref Section 3, Table 2: Physico-chemical characteristics of packing brine or juice after osmotic balance.
  • Ref Section 9 Microbiological criteria for table olives offered for retail sale to the public.
  • Note: All testing must be undertaken by a NATA accredited laboratory.

Table Olives - natural (unpasteurised):

  • Minimum sodium chloride (NaCl): 6%
  • Maximum pH: 4.3
  • Microbiological Criteria - Escherichia coli: Not detectable (<3 cfu/g)

Table Olives - treated with sodium hydroxide (NaOH) (unpasteurised):

  • Minimum sodium chloride (NaCl): 5%
  • Maximum pH: 4.0
  • Microbiological Criteria - Escherichia coli: Not detectable (<3 cfu/g)

Table Olives - Dehydrated / Shrivelled (unpasteurised):

  • Minimum sodium chloride (NaCl): 10%
  • Microbiological Criteria - Escherichia coli: Not detectable (<3 cfu/g)

Table Olives (Pasteurised):

  • Maximum pH: 4.3
  • Microbiological Criteria - Escherichia coli: Not detectable (<3 cfu/g)
  • Microbiological Criteria - Lactobacillus: < 10 cfu/g

Only product meeting the above specifications may carry the “Certified Australian Table Olives” CTM logo.

The above testing requirements will be applied to future AOA National Table Olive Competitions.

Other table olive competitions will also be encouraged to adopt the above standards.

Table Olive Testing Services

AOA is seeking expressions of interest from NATA accredited laboratories to provide the above package of testing services to satisfy our Code of Practice compliance, and National Table Olive Competition requirements.