German company LACON GmbH temporarily withdraws from organic certification in third countries
In light of the revisions to the European Union‘s Organic Farming Regulation, LACON GmbH, one of Europe’s leading organic certification agencies, has chosen to temporarily withdraw from certification in third countries, including India.
LACON, which has an Indian subsidiary LACON Quality Certification (India), said in a statement released Thursday from its headquarters in Offenburg, Germany, that it was withdrawing from certification in third countries since the requirements of “organic regulations “were changing.
Forced to change their plans
Thus, LACON, which has more than 30 years of expertise in the organic industry, was forced to “change direction and withdraw” from certification.
He criticized the EU’s publication of Regulation 2021/2325 last month, saying that “principles and standards are becoming increasingly ambiguous and choices are becoming arbitrary”.
The European Union said in a regulation published last month that organic products imported by member countries must not only be prepared correctly, but also be free of any chemical residue.
Focus on residue-free products
The focus on residue-free as an organic attribute for third-country products, according to LACON, represents a “policy shift away from process certification”.
“At this time, we feel compelled to withdraw from the international organic sector.” This will be the case until the circumstances of the new certification (compliance) system in third countries are clear and the standards are set in stone. “We are truly sorry for the incident,” he said.
Willing to provide no assurance of product integrity
According to a trade analyst, the most recent EU regulations on organic products required process and product integrity. Lacon does not wish to guarantee the integrity of the product by withdrawing from organic certification in third countries.
Until now, all organic shipments had to be approved for the procedure rather than the product. Certification authorities oversee the manufacture of organic products and approve them for export.
However, after tests in Europe revealed the presence of pesticides or other chemical residues, the EU opted to tighten the rules, requiring any organic product imported by member countries to be completely residue-free.
India is one of the nations whose Organic Products are being scrutinized more closely by the EU. Last month, the EU decided to ban five certification bodies from authorizing or ratifying exports of organic products from January 1 this year because they failed to comply with residue standards. ethylene oxide (ETO) in consignments, mainly sesame.
India’s government agency, the Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority, banned five certifying entities for failing to meet regulatory criteria.
India will not be affected
According to the analyst, LACON’s departure from third countries would have no impact on organic shipments from India, as other organizations can handle the certification requirements.
The certification company, on the other hand, has promised to bounce back once the “storm” has passed.
According to the National Organic Production Scheme, LACON has been approved by the Indian Government’s National Accreditation Body (NPOP). It also provides USDA-NOP organic certification for items for export to the United States. The European Union has also classified the company as an analogous certification authority for the purposes of equivalence.