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Launch of public review for proposed changes to Canadian organic standards


July 10, 2019
By Organic Council of Canada

Since 2009, all foods produced and sold in Canada that carry the Canada Organic logo have been certified to the Canadian Organic Standards.

From oats to onions, and maple syrup to milk, the Canadian Organic Standards (COS) cover a great range of food products, including processed foods, vegetables, dairy products, eggs, sprouts, meats and fruit. For all these types of production, the COS promote and describe agricultural practices that minimize the impact of agriculture on our environment. The COS promote management practices that enrich soil fertility and promote animal welfare.

Referenced by the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, the COS must be updated and validated every five years.

Learn more about the Standards Review process and OCO’s role. Over the past year and a half, OCO held our webinar series #YourStandardsYourSay to help members and organic stakeholders understand how the revision of the organic standards works, and better understand some of the key issues at play in this revision process.

The public review has now started. Farmers, processors, members of the public and others are invited to comment on the proposed amendments to the Standard. For more information, CLICK HERE.