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Canada: New organic logo and regulation

On June 24, 2009, the Government of Canada revealed the new organic logo that will give organic producers access to more markets and make sure Canadian consumers can find more certified organic food products in their grocery stores.

The new Canadian organic logo


Canada's Organic Products Regulations OPR, which came into force on June 30, 2009, set out rigourous standards for the certification of products as organic by accredited certification bodies. Products that meet the production requirements and contain at least 95 per cent organic content may be labelled as "organic" and feature the new Biologique Canada Organic Logo.

These new regulations apply to domestic and imported products. Regardless of origin, all products seeking organic certification must meet Canada's standards. To this end, an equivalency arrangement was recently reached with the United States to allow Canadian and American products to be certified as organic in either country. This agreement gives Canadian consumers more organic choices and organic farmers increased trade opportunities.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency CFIA  will work closely with the organic industry to help with the implementation of the new regulations.

Source: Canada News Centre, June 24, 2009: New Organic Logo Will Provide More Opportunities For Organic Producers

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