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EU slam for inspection body in Kenya

by Leo Frühschütz (comments: 0)

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The EU Commission has examined the branch of an international certifier in Kenya and issued a very poor certificate for its work. So far, however, it has only had to do a little detention.

In April 2018, auditors from the EU Directorate General for Health and Food Safety assessed the work of an international certifier in Kenya. In their report, they list a number of serious shortcomings: The report's summary states that the risk assessment and the planning of controls and sampling are inadequate. The observed on-site inspections and sampling were ineffective. From the auditors' point of view, this was also due to the fact that the certifier commissioned independent inspectors to carry out inspections in other EU countries and did not monitor them adequately.

No guarantee of compliance with standards

It was particularly alarming that the inspection body accepted residues of illicit substances and did not initiate any investigation into the causes of the contamination. The control system cannot guarantee that products certified as organic comply with all standards. Only papers would be checked for export to the EU. The inspection body could not ensure that a producer did not export more organic products than he had produced.

Measures taken by the inspection body

The consequence of the identified shortcomings: The auditors made eight recommendations and asked the Control Authority to submit a plan within 25 working days on how it intended to implement these recommendations. In its reply, the Control Authority reports on its activities, which can be summarised as follows: Documentation and instructions were improved in line with the recommendations and inspectors received additional training.


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