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Standards Interpretation Committee

May 4, 2020

New Comment period – May 1 to May 30, 2020

If an owner owns two operations, where one is organic and the other conventional, does 5.1.3 and 5.1.4 apply to the non-organic operation?


Regarding the 'vegetable matter' element in requirement for poultry and pork (6.4.3 j)

a) is organic vegetable matter required?
b) would non-cereal grains (soybean, flax, corn) count as vegetable matter?
c) would straw and seed cleanings count?
d) would a grassed access area count?


Can hydrogen peroxide that is used to treat drinking water for humans but is not necessarily rated 'food-grade' be used to treat livestock drinking water? The hydrogen peroxide annotation in PSL table 5.3 stipulates "food-grade" is required.

Click here to see the proposed answers to various questions raised by organic stakeholders regarding the National Standards for Organic Agriculture. The proposed responses are subject to a 30-day comment period from May 1 to May 30, 2020.


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