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Contaminated input suspended by organic certifier

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Contaminated input suspended by organic certifier

Citrox BioAlexin was suspended as an approved input for organic production by organic certifier BioGro three weeks ago when some batches were found to be contaminated with low levels of didecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride (DDAC). While some countries allow DDAC below minimum residue levels, and it is not considered a risk to human health, BioGro’s organic standards do not allow it.

A small number of organic kiwifruit growers had been using Citrox BioAlexin as an elicitor to help vines cope with the bacterial disease Psa-V.

BioGro’s CEO Dr Michelle Glogau has confirmed that BioGro followed the internationally agreed process to approve inputs for organic management. The process involves the assessment of the declared formulation, manufacturing process and supporting documentation from manufacturers. Provided the formulation is compliant, the input is approved.

Dr Glogau adds “BioGro appreciates that this is an upsetting and difficult time for the growers affected who are limited in what they can use to manage Psa-V. As their organic certifier we obviously want to see them have as many approved inputs available to support their organic management. In the case of an approved input being contaminated with a non-allowed input our suspension of its use, as soon as we become aware of it, minimises the impact on the certification status of the affected growers long term while also meeting consumers’ expectations.”

BioGro’s certification of Citrox BioAlexin will remain suspended until further notice. The product’s manufacturer is cooperating with BioGro to investigate how the contamination occurred.


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