Organic certifying bodies have given a mixed reaction to DEFRA proposals to shake up registration procedures for organic food in the UK. The 10 organic certifiers are currently accredited by the UK Register of Organic Food Standards, an independent board administered by DEFRA. But DEFRA has proposed its role should be taken over by the UK Accreditation Service, with a separate non-advisory non-department government body in charge of developing and reviewing organic standards in the UK. A spokeswoman from the Soil Association said: "We are very concerned about these proposals, UKAS is a general certifier, not a dedicated organic body. It has no specialist knowledge." But Julian Wade, executive secretary of rival certifier the Organic Food Federation, said: "We have not been happy with the situation for a long time. UKROS is an amateur body creaking at the joints." {{NEWS }}