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11/13/10

Organic standards


Canada’s organic sector
had an important year in
2009, with the establishment
of the federal Organic
Products Regulations.
These previously voluntary
standards – the rulebook
for organic farmers and
processors – have been in
development since 1999,
and are now a mandatory
basis for certification.
“The Canadian government
implemented this
regime at the urging of the
organics sector itself,” says
Michel Saumur, national
manager of the Canadian

Food Inspection Agency
(CFIA) Canada Organic
Office. “The industry felt
there was abuse of the
term organic, with organic
claims being made fraudulently
on behalf of products
that did not comply
with organic principles.”
Consistent labelling
rules, a new, easily recognized
national logo and
strict enforcement by the
CFIA are part of the Canada
Organic certification
requirements. A review of
organic products will also
be conducted by CFIA’s
team of national inspectors
at the border, animal processing
plants, egg-grading
stations and retail locations.
The CFIA’s Canada
Organic Office oversees all
organic activities, including
certification, in Canada.
“In order to be certified,
the farmer or processor
must have an organic plan
and be able to demonstrate
that their practices
don’t risk the organic
integrity of the product,”
says Mr. Saumur.
This mandatory organic
certification will:

• protect consumers
against misleading or
deceptive labelling practices;
• reduce consumer confusion
about the definition
of organic;
• facilitate the access of
Canadian organic products
to foreign markets
that require regulatory
oversight; and
• support further development
of the domestic
market.

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