Certified Organic Products in Canada:
Products that make an organic claim must be certified by a Certification Body that has been accredited, based upon the recommendation of a CFIA designated Conformity Verification Body. The Certification Body must certify the product to the Canadian Organic Standards. The CFIA is working with Conformity Verification Bodies to accredit Certification Bodies under the Canada Organic Regime.
How do I recognize an organic product?
As of June 30, 2009, any product with an organic claim must comply with the requirements of the Organic Products Regulations.
- Only products with organic content that is greater than or equal to 95% may be labeled as: “Organic” or bear the organic logo.
- Multi-ingredient products with 70-95% organic content may have the declaration: “contains x% organic ingredients.” These products may not use the organic logo and/or the claim “Organic”.
- Multi-ingredient products with less than 70% organic content may only contain organic claims in the product’s ingredient list. These products may not use the organic logo.
Certified organic products must also bear the name of the certification body that has certified the product as organic.
Organic products sold within the province of origin are subject to provincial organic regulations, the Consumer Packaging and Labeling Regulations and the Food and Drug Regulations. The provinces of Quebec and British Columbia have organic certification systems in place, while other provinces are considering developing their own system. Owners of products bearing organic claims are expected to demonstrate that the product is organic. All organic products bearing the organic logo or represented as organic in inter-provincial and international trade must comply with the Organic Products Regulations.
The logo is only permitted on products that have an organic content that is greater than 95% and has been certified according to Canadian requirements for organic products.
Imported products must meet the requirements of the Canada Organic Regime. Should imported products bear the logo, the statement “Product of”, immediately preceding the name of the country of origin, or the statement “Imported from”, must appear in close proximity to the logo or the designations.
Below are links to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency:
What is an organic product?
An organic product is an agricultural product that has been certified as organic. A product can be certified if it is produced using the methods outlined by the Canadian Organic Standards.