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Organic agricultural standards

Clause 344 of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations states that:

344 (1) “Any person who wishes to obtain the organic certification of a food commodity must apply in writing to a certification body. […]

344 (2) The application must include

(a) the name of the food commodity;

(b) a statement that sets out the substances and materials that are used to conduct any activities with respect to the food commodity and that describes the manner in which those substances and materials are used;

(c) a document that sets out in detail the methods that are used by the applicant, or by a person acting on behalf of the applicant, to conduct any activities with respect to the food commodity and the control mechanisms that are in place to ensure that those methods meet the requirements that are set out

(i) in the case of an aquaculture product, in CAN/CGSB-32.312, and

(ii) in the case of a food commodity other than an aquaculture product, in CAN/CGSB-32.310; 

 

The National Standard of Canada for Organic Agriculture, CAN/CGSB-32.310,  has a broad scope, as it regulates all farming, livestock farming and processing practices used to produce organic products. 

The National Standard of Canada has to be comparable to the standards of trading partners who sell organic products on the international market. Comparison tables have thus been established with the standards of the trading countries, such as the European Union, United States and Japan, as well as with the standards of Codex Alimentarius Commission, in order to ensure the unimpeded trade of Canadian organic products on the international market.

 

The following links provide information on the National Standard of Canada  - Organic Production Systems:

General Principles and Management Standards

 - Permitted Substances Lists.

 

 

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