Common Certification Corrective Action Requests

michael auditing low resAre you compliant? These are some of the most common certification corrective actions raised from audits.

Most Common CAR’s:

1. Not having ACO listed as a contact in your product recall procedure.

(a) Under section 7.13 of the Certification Agreement and section 3.4.2 of the Australian Certified Organic Standard 2013, in the event of an organic product recall you must notify Australian Certified Organic (ACO) immediately and in writing of the recall. In order to show compliance, ACO should be listed in your product recall procedure as a contact.

2. Not completing a Livestock Inventory or the Livestock Inventory not reconciling.

(a) For USDA NOP livestock producers, under section 205.406 of Part 205, National Organic Program it is important to complete and make available to both the ACO office and your auditor a Livestock Inventory every year before your audit.

(b) Livestock inventory looks at your previous year livestock numbers, your stock increases (births or purchases) and stock decreases (sales, deaths, agistment offsite).

(c) The inventory should reconcile with the current stock numbers on your property.

(d) Livestock inventory looks at your non-organic, ACO only and ACO/USDA NOP certified cattle. If an animal was to lose certification status, this should be reflected in the inventory.

(e) Livestock inventories allow ACO to ensure that only certified livestock are being sold as certified organic.

3. Not obtaining Transaction Certificates for imported products.

(a) As per section 6.1.3 of the National Standard for Organic & Bio-Dynamic Produce and section 3.4.3 of the Australian Certified organic Standard 2013, if you import certified organic products, every shipment must be accompanied by a Transaction Certificate in order to verify the products are certified organic.

(b) Transaction certificates are issued by your suppliers’ Certification Body for every shipment.