Five agencies certifying the export of organic products from India may be banned. This action against certification agencies can be taken by the European Commission, the European Commission (EC). They can be blacklisted. The reason behind this is being told that Indian exporters have not met the criteria of the European Council. In organic exports from India, more than the prescribed standard of ethylene oxide in Sesame (Til/Gingli) has been found. The European Union has issued at least 90 notifications to the Organic Farming Information System (OFIC) in recent months, after India withdrew its recognition to certify organic products. The decision was taken during a meeting of the European Commission’s Committee on Organic Production in early July.
Exports will not be affected
According to the draft report released by the European Commission last week, four of these certification agencies are located in Europe and one in the United States. According to Delhi-based trade analyst S Chandrasekaran, the development is unlikely to impact India’s organic product exports as there are a total of 28 other agencies, both domestic and international, that can certify organic product exports from the country. He said the draft, representing the preliminary views of the European Commission, would automatically take effect in the first week of November and would be valid until December 2026.
This news comes after reports that the European Union has found high concentration of ETO residue in Indian spice exports. Regarding this, India’s relation in the European Commission draft states that since October 2020, a total of thousands of tonnes of organic sesame, allegedly contaminated with ethylene oxide (ETO), have been imported from a third country, which is being monitored. Indian agencies.
Misleading customers means playing with health
The European Union considers ETO to be carcinogenic to humans and closely monitors imports to ensure that ETO residues do not exceed standard levels. The European Commission stated that the ETO maximum level in Indian sesame imports was significantly higher. It has been said in the draft that despite the high presence of harmful ingredients in the products, customers are being misled by calling it organic. Which is playing with the health of the people.
The draft specifically states that certifying agencies should not be included in the list of controlling bodies recognized by the Competent Authority of India – Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). The agencies that are preparing to blacklist are CU Inspection India Pvt Ltd, Ecocert India Pvt Ltd, Indian Organic Certification Agency (Indokart), Lacon Quality Certification Pvt Ltd – All and Onecert International Pvt Ltd.
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