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Permitted substances lists

Updated on March 1, 2022

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, operators shall use the permitted substances described in the Permitted Substances Lists, one of the document of the Canadian Organic Standards.

  • CAN/CGSB-32.311-2020 Organic Production Systems – Permitted Substances Lists
  • CAN/CGSB-32.312-2018 Organic production systems: Aquaculture – General principles, management standards and permitted substances lists
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