CFIA Suspends Accreditation of Etko Ekolojyk Tarim Kontrol Organizasyonu Limited (ETKO) under the Canada Organic Regime

Effective June 3rd, 2016, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has cancelled the accreditation of Etko Ekolojyk Tarim Kontrol Organizasyonu Limited (ETKO). ETKO does not have any further right, liability, or obligation under the Canada Organic Regime. The name of ETKO will no longer be listed on the Canadian Food Inspection Agencys (CFIA) website under the CFIA oversight.

July 31, 2015: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended the accreditation of Etko Ekolojyk Tarim Kontrol Organizasyonu Limited (ETKO), as a body that can certify products as organic, effective June 15, 2015. Located in Turkey, ETKO was accredited to certify foreign operators who produce various types of organic products such as grains, herbs and jams that could be imported into Canada.

The suspension is a result of failing to comply with the requirements of Part II Certification of the Organic Products Regulations, 2009 and the certification requirements of ISO 17065.

There is no food safety risk associated with this suspension and there are no associated food recalls. Products already certified by ETKO as meeting Canadian organic requirements are not affected.

While under suspension, ETKO cannot accept new applications, issue certificates of inspection, or certify products as organic under the Canada Organic Regime. As per Section 9 of the Organic Products Regulations, 2009, the suspension will remain in effect until the required corrective measures have been implemented and verified.

The CFIA has the authority to suspend the accreditation of a certification body if there is non-compliance with any provision of the Canada Agricultural Products Act (CAPA), the Organic Products Regulations, 2009, or ISO 17065 requirements. The CFIA publishes a list of suspensions and cancellations on its web site.

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