CFIA suspends accreditation of British Columbia Association for Regenerative Agriculture (BCARA) under the Canada Organic Regime
Effective August 19, 2021, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has lifted the suspension of British Columbia Association for Regenerative Agriculture (BCARA). BCARA's rights, liabilities, and obligation under the Canada Organic Regime have been reinstated.
Effective June 21, 2021, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended the accreditation of British Columbia Association for Regenerative Agriculture (BCARA) as a body that can certify products as organic. Located in Canada, BCARA was accredited to certify Canadian operators who produce various types of organic products.
The suspension is a result of failing to comply with the requirements of the Canada Organic Regime (COR) outlined in Part 13 of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) including the certification requirements of ISO 17065 and the COR Operating Manual.
There is no food safety risk associated with this suspension and there are no associated food recalls. Products already certified by BCARA as meeting Canadian organic requirements are not affected.
While under suspension, BCARA cannot accept new applications, make certification decisions, or certify products as organic under the COR.
As per section 365 (1) of the SFCR the CFIA must cancel BCARA's accreditation if the certification body fails to take corrective action within 30 days after the day on which the accreditation was suspended.
The CFIA has the authority to suspend the accreditation of a certification body if there is non-compliance with any provision of the Safe Food for Canadians Act, Part 13 of the SFCR or ISO 17065 requirements. The CFIA publishes a list of suspensions and cancellations on its website.
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