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Identifying locally produced organic products

Updated on August 10, 2021

Part 13 of the Safe Food for Canadians RegulationsOrganic Products , regulates  products traded between provinces, as well as products exported to other countries or imported into Canada.

Locally produced organic products are regulated under provincial legislations.

Provinces of Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and New-Brunswick have instituted intraprovincial organic regulations requiring certification of products labelled as ‘organic’ sold locally

In other provinces and territories, no regulations have been adopted to require producers or processors of locally produced organic products to have their operations certified. Though certification is not required on local market in these provinces, many producers will decide to have their products certified in order to properly promote the organic brand and reassure consumers. Consumers easily identify their products by finding the name of the certifying body on the label of the product.

Otherwise, consumers who buy locally produced products that claim to be “organic” without any reference to a certifying body must contact their province or territory’s consumer protection bureau to check the product’s organic authenticity.   In any case, all products labelled in Canada must comply with the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act. Section 7 stipulates:

Section 7. (1) No dealer shall apply to any pre-packaged product or sell, import into Canada or advertise any pre-packaged product that has applied to it a label containing any false or misleading representation that relates to or may reasonably be regarded as relating to that product. — Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-38, clause 7 (1))

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