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Date: July 22, 2014
Titre: Review of the Canadian Organic Standards
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Draft editions of two National Standards of Canada for organic production systems are available for public review

Since the fall of 2013, the Working Groups (WG) and the Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture (TC) have been working on the review of the Canadian Organic Standards. Proposals for revision were received from many members of the organic sector.  Each proposal has been carefully reviewed according to the requirements set out in Section 10 of CAN/CGSB-32.310 General Principles and Management Standards and in accordance with the procedures established by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB).

The draft amendments are now available for a period of 60 days for public review from July 22, 2014 to September 22, 2014.

To enable you to easily participate in the consultation, the following documents have been provided:

 

1 –CAN/CGSB-32.310 General Principles and Management Standards (draft standard)

 

- A draft version with tracked changes (The draft versions with tracked changes include specific numbers in the right margin that you can use to find  the item in the discussion sheets created by the WGs and the TC and copied in the minutes of the TC meetings);

A “clean” draft version without tracked changes.

 

 

2. - CAN/CGSB-32.311 Permitted Substances Lists (draft standard)

- A draft version with tracked changes.  (The draft versions with tracked changes include specific numbers in the right margin that you can use to find the item in the discussion sheets created by the WGs and the TC and copied in the minutes of the TC meetings);

- A “clean” draft version without tracked changes.


Please note that these draft standards are not applicable and that the organic standards posted on CGSB website, CAN/CGSB-32.310-2006 and  CAN/CGSB-32.311-2006 remain in force.

 

3- The minutes from the two meetings of the TC (December 2013 and April 2014) including the discussion sheets for each proposed amendment.

The minutes of the meeting include the discussion sheets used by the Work Groups for presenting their recommendations to the TC.  - To read arguments supporting an amendment proposition, note the number on the right margin of the draft standard  (i.e 12‐310#263a).  To  find the related discussion sheet in the minutes, use a simple search (i.e. "Find") operation using the appropriate number.

 

For submitting a comment

For submitting a comment on the proposed changes to either or both CAN/CGSB-32.310 General Principles and Management Standards and CAN/CGSB-32.311 Permitted Substances Lists, please use the following form :

32-20 Comment Form - formulaire pour commentaire


For submitting new proposals for amendments

As the TC is only half way through this amendment cycle, we want to encourage you to submit other proposals for amendments.  Please take this opportunity to note any issues and submit new requests for modification. Visit special review section on OFC website http://www.organicfederation.ca/revision-proposal-forms to download the appropriate form.


Following the Public Review

At the closing of the public review, the WGs and the TC will resume meetings to analyze all the comments submitted by the organic sector and the interested parties as well as to address new proposals that have been received. Then the CGSB will hold a first ballot where the members of the TC will decide to adopt or reject the proposed amendments.

Date: June 9, 2014
Titre: InfoBio June 2014
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Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee

New Comment Period - June 4 to August 4 2014

What are the restrictions to the offspring if a non-organic animal is bred using embryo transfer and brought onto an organic farm?

 

Is the use of a microwave oven in organic food preparation compliant with the Standard?

 

Does the prohibition against using both the organic and non-organic form of an ingredient (8.2.5) apply to different varieties of grapes used in a wine, or different flours (e.g. barley and wheat) used to bake a single bread?

 

Click here to see the proposed answers to various questions raised by organic stakeholders, regarding the National Standards for Organic Agriculture.

 

On InfoBio

  • Review of the Canadian Organic Standards - Calendar and pace of work in compliance with approved project by AAFC
  • An interview with Jenny Hillard - from the Consumer Interest Alliance
  • Intraprovincial organic market now regulated in New-Brunswick
  • Adopting organic agriculture to prevent antimicrobial resistance

Read more

Date: May 27, 2014
Titre: Review of the Organic Standards
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A report on the 13th meeting  of the Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture

From April 13-16, 2014, the Canadian Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture met to analyze recommendations proposed for by the Working Groups responsible for the review of the Canadian Organic Standards.

 

Click here to read the main recommendations that the Canadian organic sector will soon be requested to comment when the Canadian General Standards Board will consult Canadian stakeholders and launch the first public comment period of the COS review.

 

Date: April 15, 2014
Titre: InfoBio April 2014
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  • Second Technical Committee meeting - Vancouver, April 14th-16th, 2014
  • Interview with Anne Macey
  • Organic Certification for Small-Scale Operations
  • Two million organic farmers
  • Forage Genetics International (FGI) has decided not to begin selling herbicide-tolerant genetically modified (GM) alfalfa this spring
  • Organic branding - The “Think before you eat” campaign
  • Standards Interpretation Committee -  Questions and Answers on issues related to the Canadian Organic Standards

Clik here to read InfoBio April 2014

Date: March 5, 2014
Titre: New Comment Period - Standards Interpretation Commitee
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  • Are electric trainers allowed to manage animals in tie-stalls?
  • Can organic and conventional sprouts be produced in the same facility if grown in visually distinguishable containers?
  • Can acetic acid be used for acidifying drinking water for animals?

The Organic Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC) provides interpretive guidance to the Canada Organic Office on issues related to the National Standards for Organic Agriculture (CAN/CGSB 32.310 and CAN/CGSB 32.311). 

 

Click here to see the proposed answers to various questions raised by organic stakeholders, regarding the National Standards for Organic Agriculture.

 

The proposed responses are subject to a 60-day comment period from March 5th to May 7th 2014
All comments regarding these answers should be sent to OPR.RPB@inspection.gc.ca

 

Archives - Final Questions and Answers
All final questions and answers will be posted on the OFC website (as a pdf).

Canadian Organic Inputs Directory

OrganicInputs.ca

OFC has launched the Canadian Organic Inputs Directory (COID).

Visit the site now and give it a try!

Manufacturers of inputs suitable for organic agriculture can contact us to find out how to get their product listed.

The Canadian Organic Input Directory is being administered by Peppersoft Inc.

(A French version of the site is coming soon)

On our blog

Date: September 28, 2012
Title: PROTECT ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
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How to Prevent and Manage
GMO Contamination Risks

Today, the OFC invites you to voice your concerns and share your opinions about how to prevent and manage GMO contamination risks.

 

Do you have GMO contamination issues or concerns on your own organic operation? What would help you prevent and mitigate GMO contamination?
The OFC Blog is ready to collect your thoughts.

 

 

Let us know what you think should be the next step taken to help protect the integrity of organic products and Canada’s pristine natural environments!

Date: August 17, 2011
Title: No Intraprovincial Organic Regulations in Canada: what is the impact on the development of the Canadian organic sector?
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The Canadian Organic Products Regulations (OPR) were implemented in June 2009 but they do not cover organic products produced and sold within the same province.  The province of Quebec is the only province where the intraprovincial organic market is strictly regulated.

What is the impact of not having organic products regulated and certified in local markets? Does it reduce consumer confidence in the organic designation, or can it have an impact on the value of the organic premium? Visit OFC Blog to let us know your opinion!

Date: April 7, 2011
Title: The impact of GE alfalfa on organic production
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Genetically modified (GM) alfalfa has been approved for planting in the US and is one step away from being sold as seed in Canada. Please describe on OFC Blog what would be the impact of the introduction of GM alfalfa on your farming operations?

Date: April 28, 2010
Title: Organic Grain-Forage Rations in Fattening Phase of Slaughter Animals
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Issue your comment on the feeding of slaughter animals in fattening phase.

Date: April 8, 2010
Title: Parallel production
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Are you in favor of parallel production? Should Canada be more flexible on the issue of parallel production? If it were allowed, could parallel production be managed without compromising organic integrity? Leave your comment on OFC's blog.

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