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07 January 2009: Minister Sargent welcomes approval of IMO as new organic certification body

Mr Trevor Sargent TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, today welcomed the approval of Institute of Marketecology (IMO) as a new organic certification body operating in Ireland. IMO is an internationally recognised certifier and has been working in Ireland for a number of years certifying aquaculture products as organic to the private Naturland standard.

" With the inclusion of aquaculture within the scope of the new Organic Regulation from 1 January 2009, there should be opportunities to expand the organic aquaculture sector and IMO's approval is therefore timely," Minister Sargent said.

The addition of IMO brings to three the number of approved organic certification bodies in Ireland. As part of an agreement with the Department, they will become members of the Organic Forum along with Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA) and Organic Trust Ltd.

Note for Editors

The Institute for Marketecology (IMO) has been active in the field of organic certification for more than 20 years. Their world-wide activities are accredited by the Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS) according to EN 45011 (ISO 65), which is the international standard for certification. IMO have been approved in Ireland to inspect and certify to Council Regulation (EC) 834/2007, which came into force on 1 January 2009, replacing Council Regulation (EEC) No. 2092/91.

The main objective of the Organic Forum is to improve communication and dialogue between the Department and the Organic Certification Bodies. It also helps to ensure that the organic standards are applied in a uniform manner.

Date Released: 07 January 2009