Canada Bows New Organic Logo

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Canada Bows New Organic Logo

The Canadian government yesterday unveiled the new organic logo that it says will provide organics suppliers access to more markets and ensure families can find more certified-organic food products in grocery stores.

“This organic logo allows consumers to make informed, confident choices,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “At the same time, the new regulations will allow Canadian organic farmers to have their products recognized in this emerging market.”

The country’s Organic Products Regulations (OPR), which take effect June 30, 2009,
Outline strict standards for the certification of products as organic by accredited certification bodies. Products that meet the production requirements and contain a minimum of 95 percent organic content may be labeled “organic” and feature the new Biologique Canada Organic Logo.

These new regulations apply to both domestic and imported products. Regardless of origin, all items seeking organic certification must meet Canada’s standards. In keeping with this goal, Canada and the United States last week forged an equivalency arrangement to the nations’ respective products to be certified as organic in either country.