Canada now has own certified organic seal

by on August 15, 2011

Two years after passing an organic standards law, Canada’s organic certification is now being fully implemented and enforced. It covers all agricultural products labeled as organic in import, export, and inter-provincial trade — thus, coffee is included.

Part of the standards law included a trade agreement between the U.S. and Canada recognizing each other’s standards as equivalent (which they appear largely to be, from my reading). Thus, products meeting organic certification standards in one country may be imported to the other. This summer, Canada entered into an organic equivalency arrangement with the European Union as well.

Like the National Organic Program in the U.S., accredited third-party organizations certify organic products to the standards.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is the authority over this program in Canada, and the official Organic Canada/Biologique Canada seal is pictured here.

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Revised on February 8, 2013

Posted in Certifications,Organic coffee

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Cash King August 15, 2011 at 10:36 am

This is awesome! Its great to see a national identifier for organic foods, and also that it is being so well welcomed.

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Daniel August 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I think this cross-agreement for organic coffee is great.

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