EU lifts restriction on equivalency arrangement

EU_Canada_flagsAfter five years of ongoing negotiations, the European Union Regulatory Committee on Organic Production voted on March 2 to expand the current scope of the Canada-EU Organic Equivalency Arrangement. Processed food products with imported ingredients certified in accordance with Canada’s organic legislation will now be covered under the agreement. This is a milestone for the Canadian organic industry. Upon entering the original agreement in 2011, the EU added a restriction that products with ingredients from outside of Canada could not be traded under the arrangement. After tough and persistent negotiations, this limitation is now removed. It is estimated that this expansion of the agreement will enter into force in early April. For more information, contact Marie-Eve Levert.

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