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Of particular interest

Date: February 19, 2019
Titre: InfoBio February 2019
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2020 Revision Work of the Canadian Organic Standards

2nd Consultation with the Organic Industry

 

The OFC can now present the decisions made at the third meeting of the Committee on Organic Agriculture of the Canadian General Standards Board (TC) held December 19, 2018.

 

Click here to read and comment the proposed recommendations from the Technical Committee.  DEADLINE - March 7, 2019

 

 

The review of the Canadian Organic Standards

A fast-tracked review

 

For the last several months, people across Canada have been talking about organic standards. Farmers, inspectors, and other foodies have spent hours on conference calls discussing proposed revisions to the Canadian Organic Standard and Permitted Substances List.

 

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Date: January 28, 2019
Titre: InfoBio January 2019
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A critical issue for the Canadian Organic sector

“Food on Food” Consultations Closing February 28th, 2019

The public consultation on the Food-on-Food List led by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is underway and will close on February 28th, 2019.

 

Review of the Canadian Organic Standards

Fresh air for organic poultry?
Does an organic chicken need to be able to go outside? Read the article from Janet Wallace.

 

The ORGANIC QUIZ
Last chance to test your knowledge of the Canadian Organic Standard!

Date: January 15, 2019
Titre: The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are now in force
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These regulations require most food businesses to have a Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) licence to import, export or send food across provincial and territorial boundaries.


Read the tips for a smooth Safe Food for Canadians licence application before applying for an SFC licence. Apply for a licence using My CFIA.

 

About the Canada Organic Regime


The Organic Products Regulations are replaced by Part 13 of the SFCR


All the information regarding the Canada Organic Regime is maintained on the CFIA Organic Products page HERE
 

Please note that the COR manual is posted on the new SFCR page under the Organic Products page.
 

Date: January 9, 2019
Titre: Activities of the Standards Interpretation Committee
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Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee

 

  • New Public Comment Period – January 8th to February 8th 2019 - click here
  • Reports from the two last public comment periods are available:
    • 2018-03 - September 5 to October 5 2018 - click here
    • 2018-04 - October 1st to November 1st 2018 - click here
  • The Canada Standards Interpretation Committee 2018-2019 - click!
Date: December 10, 2018
Titre: 2020 Revision Work of the Canadian Organic Standards
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REMINDER - 1st Consultation with the Organic Industry

The OFC presents the decisions made at the first meeting of the Committee on Organic Agriculture of the Canadian General Standards Board (TC) held October 29, 2018.

 

The question of light
Some petitioners propose artificial light allowed
as the sole source of light in greenhouses

 

The Organic Quiz

Are you interested in the review of the Canadian Organic Standards? It is time to test your knowledge.

 

Click here to read InfoBio

Interpretation of the Canadian Organic Standards

The Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee answers your questions.

 

Click here to see the answers provided by the Committee to questions raised by the organic sector.

 

Do you want to address a question to the Committee? Follow the link.

Canadian Organic Inputs Directory

OrganicInputs.ca

OFC has launched the Canadian Organic Inputs Directory (COID).

Visit the site now and give it a try!

Manufacturers of inputs suitable for organic agriculture can contact us to find out how to get their product listed.

The Canadian Organic Input Directory is being administered by Peppersoft Inc.

(A French version of the site is coming soon)

On our blog

Date: October 30, 2014
Title: TO CERTIFY OR NOT TO CERTIFY: THE PERSPECTIVE OF SMALL-SCALE ORGANIC FARMERS
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Local + organic -  A win-win situation for growers, consumers and the environment.

Small-scale organic farmers represent the face of the Canadian organic industry—at the farmers’ market, CSA drop-off and at the restaurant back door. Many of these farmers, however, are not certified organic.

 

The Working Group on Small Scale Organic Certification has drafted two organic certification models that aim to be attainable for a small-scale producer focusing mainly on direct sales (farm-gate, CSA, farmer’s market, etc.): the Peer Certification Model and the Organic Affidavit model. 

 

What do you perceive to be the strengths and/or weaknesses of these models? Which would be more appropriate for your farm?  Should either model include random third-party inspections—and if so, to what extent?

Share your perspective on OFC's Blog!

Date: September 28, 2012
Title: PROTECT ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
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How to Prevent and Manage
GMO Contamination Risks

Today, the OFC invites you to voice your concerns and share your opinions about how to prevent and manage GMO contamination risks.

 

Do you have GMO contamination issues or concerns on your own organic operation? What would help you prevent and mitigate GMO contamination?
The OFC Blog is ready to collect your thoughts.

 

 

Let us know what you think should be the next step taken to help protect the integrity of organic products and Canada’s pristine natural environments!

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