CERTIFIER: Ecocert ICO, LLC (ECO ICO)

WEB SITE www.indianacertifiedorganic.com
NOP INFORMATION organic.ams.usda.gov/integrity/CP/CertifierProfilePage.aspx?cid=23
HEADQUARTERS Plainfield, IN
US CERTIFIED OPERATION LOCATIONS AL, 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 SCOPES CROPS, 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

Criteria Comments
Hydroponic Details Certifies aquaponic and hydroponic operations.
Material Review Unconfirmed
Fee Structure See website for more information.
Inspectors Unconfirmed
Imports Unconfirmed
Farm Sizes Unconfirmed
Outdoor Access for Poultry Unconfirmed
Pasture Access Unconfirmed
Livestock Alterations Unconfirmed
Origin of Livestock Unconfirmed
Antibiotics in Livestock Unconfirmed
Inspections Unconfirmed
Residue Testing Unconfirmed
Producer Unconfirmed