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Permitted substances lists

In addition to the General Principles and Management Standards, which describe organic practices, the Permitted Substances Lists specify the substances that may be used during the production of organic foods.


Clause 345 (1) of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations states that

345 (1) A certification body must conduct an on-site verification and certify a food commodity as organic if it determines that

(a) the substances and materials that are used to conduct activities in respect of the food commodity are set out and used in the manner described

(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 or CAN/CGSB-32.311;


Whether for enriching the soil or controlling pests, feeding and caring for animals, cleaning equipment, or making a multi-ingredient product, permitted substances must be used in accordance with the general principles of organic production.

The Canadian General Standards Board publishes the Permitted Substances Lists at the following address: click here [+]


A cow that comes from a so-called conventional herd must be fed and cared for in accordance with organic standards for at least one year before its milk can be labelled "organic.”


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