Ecocert ICO, LLC (ECO ICO)

CERTIFIER: Ecocert ICO, LLC (ECO ICO)

WEB SITEwww.indianacertifiedorganic.com
NOP INFORMATIONorganic.ams.usda.gov/integrity/CP/CertifierProfilePage.aspx?cid=23
HEADQUARTERSPlainfield, IN
US CERTIFIED OPERATION LOCATIONSAL, AR, CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI
ACCREDITED SCOPESCROPS, HANDLING, LIVESTOCK, WILD CROPS

EcoCert/ICO, is a major European-based certifier, working worldwide, that purchased the former Indiana Certified Organic operation. This certifier did not participate in our study and is known to certify Superior Fresh, that claims to be the largest aquaponics facility in the world.

Freedom of Information Act disclosures also show that Ecocert ICO has had multiple serious non-compliances the organic rules and regulations. These non-compliances included their certification of a suspended operation without NOP reinstatement process being completed. They also found to have made false statements to the NOP in the past.

Their executive director, attorney Leslie Zook, previously ran Pennsylvania Certified Organic and had an ongoing dispute with their Board of Directors. She also sits on the board of the OTA and was a key proponent of a mandatory organic checkoff (tax) viewed as repugnant by the majority organic farmers and the organizations that represents them.

CERTIFIER STANDING: Undermining the true meaning of organics

CriteriaComments
Hydroponic DetailsCertifies aquaponic and hydroponic operations.
Material ReviewUnconfirmed
Fee StructureSee website for more information.
InspectorsUnconfirmed
ImportsUnconfirmed
Farm SizesUnconfirmed
Outdoor Access for PoultryUnconfirmed
Pasture AccessUnconfirmed
Livestock AlterationsUnconfirmed
Origin of LivestockUnconfirmed
Antibiotics in LivestockUnconfirmed
InspectionsUnconfirmed
Residue TestingUnconfirmed
ProducerUnconfirmed