News on Canada Organic Regulations

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New Canadian organic standards regulating products sold as "organic" in Canada are set to go into effect June 30, 2009. At the Organic Trade Association's policy conference in March, Barbara Robinson, deputy administrator at USDA and Acting Director of the National Organic Program, announced that the United States and Canada have proposed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that would act as an equivalency agreement between the two countries. As a precursor to the implementation of the regulations and equivalency standards, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) launched a new Organic Products Regulations website. Organic producers can review important notifications from the CFIA as well as review an informative Q and A guide to the new regulations.

The International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) and the Canadian Organic Trade Association (OTA) are co-sponsoring a 2-day workshop, Understanding the Canadian Organic Regime, on June 15-16 in Chicago, Illinois to coincide with All Things Organic. This is the most up-to-date and complete training available on the Canadian Organic Regime (COR). CCOF reports. Canadian Organic Growers (COG), OTA in Canada, IOIA, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) all collaborated on the development of the training program. Day 1 is particularly useful for those involved in processing, labeling, exporting, or marketing organic products in Canada. The intensive workshop covers the structure of the COR, the Canadian regulation, processing standards, and labeling. Day 2 covers the Crop and Livestock Production Standards. The training includes key differences between Canadian standards and those of the major trading partners, including USA.

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