Organic Regulations for Agricultural Products

Under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), any food, seed, or animal feed that is labelled organic is regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Part 13 of the SFCR defines the requirements for the certification and marketing of organic products, both imported and domestic, including specific requirements for organic products to be labelled as organic or that bear the Canada Organic Logo.

Under Part 13 all products must be certified as organic according to the Canadian Organic Standards. The purpose of the Canada Organic Regime is to regulate all parties involved in the certification of organic products (including operators, Certification Bodies and Conformity Verification Bodies) and to verify all applicable regulatory requirements, standards and guidance documents are being met. For more information go to the CFIA Organic products page here

Imported or interprovincially traded products making an organic claim must be certified under the Canada Organic Regime (definition).

This includes products that:

  • are labelled as "organic"
  • bear the Canada organic logo or
  • declare "contains x% organic ingredients"

To be certified, operators must have their products certified by a CFIA-accredited certification body [Part 13, Division 4, of SFCR] and develop an organic production system based on the Canadian Organic Standards, as applicable. For more information visit the CFIA Labelling for Industry Tool: Organic Claims page

Please review Organic Regulation in Canadian Provinces for more information.

For more information on organics see: Fresh Facts for Industry: Organics (pdf)

References:

CFIA Labelling for Industry Tool  

Organic Regulation in Canadian Provinces

Safe Food for Canadians Regulations SFCR