The federal government has released the final version of the “Biologique Canada Organic” logo for use starting next week on certified organic food sold in Canada.
“This organic logo allows consumers to make informed, confident choices,” Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in a release Wednesday. “At the same time, the new regulations will allow Canadian organic farmers to have their products recognized in this emerging market.”
Domestic and imported products that meet the production requirements of the government’s new Organic Products Regulations (OPR) and contain at least 95 per cent organic content may be labeled as “organic” and feature the Biologique Canada Organic logo.
The OPR, which come into force on Tuesday, June 30, lay out the standards for the certification of products as organic by accredited certification bodies.
Regardless of origin, all products seeking organic certification must meet Canada’s standards, the government said Wednesday.
To that end, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture recently inked an “equivalency” agreement to allow Canadian and U.S. products to be certified as organic in either country.