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Amendment of the Canadian Organic Standards

July 25, 2017

Publication of amended standard delayed


The Committee on Organic Agriculture of the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) has voted on modifications to a number of clauses of the Canadian Organic Standards (COS). As the CGSB is working on a cost-recovery basis, there have been ongoing discussions about the funding of the amendment process of the COS, the amended standard will be published when this funding issue  is resolved.


In light of the anticipated revisions, and until the publication of the 2017 amendments of the COS (CAN/CGSB-32.310-2015 and CAN/CGSB-32.311-2015),  the following clauses are not applicable as such and are subjected to an ‘opportunity for improvement’  for concerned operators.



Clause 7.5.5 b), c) and d)



  • Table 4.2 – Anaerobic digestate, Sulphur elemental
  • Table 4.3 – Biological organisms, Formulants
  • Table 5.2 – Acids for water treatment, Amino acids – only related to the use of DL-methionine, DL-methionine – hydroxy analog and DL methionine – hydroxy analog calcium 15 (CAS #’s 59-51-8, 853-91-5, 4857-44-7, and 922-50-9) in hog production
  • Table 6.5 – Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
  • Permitted substances Lists for cleaners, disinfectants and sanitizers, clause 7.1.3
  • Table 8.2 – Diatomeous Earth



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