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Minister Sargent Welcomes Service Agreement with New Organic Certification Body

Mr Trevor Sargent TD, Minister for Food and Horticulture at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, welcomed the signing today of a service agreement with Global Trust Certification Ltd.  Based on this service agreement, GTC will now operate controls in the organic sector on the Department's behalf.

"The addition of Global Trust Certification Ltd as an approved organic certification body will especially provide the Organic Aquaculture Sector with an Irish-based Certification Body who already have much experience in this area from their past implementation of private standards" noted Minister Sargent.

Minister Sargent commented that it was timely that this signing should take place the week before the Biofach trade fair in Germany, which is the most important trade event for organic food in the international calendar and is the largest international showcase for the organic sector.

"There are fourteen Irish companies exhibiting at Biofach in Germany next week", Minister Sargent said, "and this will give them an excellent opportunity to promote their produce on a world stage."

Note for Editors:

Under the EU Regulations governing the organic sector, Organic Certification Bodies act on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in certifying and inspecting organic producers and processors. The Department provides financial support for this.  The agreement signed today formalises this arrangement.

Date Released: 10 February 2010