New Canadian Organic Regulations
The Canadian government has instituted new rules and regulations for organic products, which went into effect at the beginning of the month. This will include a new logo to make it easier to identify organic products and create firm, consistent standards defining what organic means.
Before now, there was only voluntary compliance with the national standards but now there will be federal certification. The new standard for organic certification for products will require they meet production requirements and they have to contain at least 95 per cent organic content to get the new seal of approval.
Canada will apply the new rules to domestic and imported products, so from now on if something wants to be called "organic" in Canada, it has to meet Canadian standards. Canada imports about 80 per cent of all its organic products, most of them from the U.S.
The new regulations include a joint agreement between Canada and the U.S. to accept each other's standards and certifications, and was described by U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan as "the first step toward global harmonization of organics."