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Food label changes

Major changes are coming to labels on all packaged foods sold in Canada. Health Canada’s Food Directorate is proposing changes based on feedback from Canadian parents and consumers during the 2013 consultation on nutrition information. Among the many proposed changes are: different vitamins and minerals required in the Nutrition Facts panel; new guidelines on serving […]

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Review of Canada’s organic standards

COTA has been active in the current round of review and renewal of Canada’s organic standards. The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) has released draft editions of the pre-ballot proposed revisions to Canada’s organic standards and Permitted Substances Lists. The documents are available in English and in French. Please review and provide any comments or […]

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OTA comments on NOP’s post-harvest substances guidance

The National Organic Program (NOP) recently released draft guidance on the use of post-harvest substances in organic production. In response, OTA has submitted comments to NOP on the draft guidance. OTA supports NOP in its efforts to continue to harmonize the organic regulations with timely and comprehensive guidance on the finer points of the organic […]

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New Brunswick announces organic regulations

The New Brunswick (NB) provincial government has created new organic regulations to ensure all products sold within the province meet strict national organic standards. The new regulations were created at the request of organic producers across the province. NB is the third province to regulate the organic market within its provincial borders along with Quebec […]

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OTA featured on Agri-Pulse Open Mic

Laura Batcha, OTA CEO/Executive Director is being featured all week on Agri-Pulse’s Open Mic. In an interview with ag broadcaster Ken Root, Laura speaks of the challenges of growth while maintaining standards and developing an organic “checkoff” that will do as much, or more, than other checkoff programs for commodities. The interview is being played throughout […]

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Organic in the news

Last week, Produce News Canada featured an article on developments in Canada’s organic market, and ongoing revisions to the Canadian organic standards. The article quotes COTA’s ‘Canada’s Organic Market – 2013’ report, to highlight the most recent sales information on organics, and features COTA Senior Regulatory Affairs Advisor Stephanie Wells for perspective on the standards meetings this […]

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Wyard gives presentation at the Western Food Safety Summit

Gwendolyn Wyard, OTA’s Regulatory Director of Organic Standards and Food Safety, gave a presentation May 9 at the Western Food Safety Summit in Salinas, CA. Speaking to an audience of nearly 200 attendees, Wyard provided a comparison of USDA organic regulations and several of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) proposed regulations enacted under the […]

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Standards review

COTA staff is currently in Vancouver for the meetings of the CGSB technical committee for Organic Agriculture reviewing Canada’s organic standards CAN/CGSB 32.310 and CGSB 32.311 (April 14-16). The fully revised version will be released publicly in 2015. Members are invited to submit requests for modifications before May 7. To find out more, contact Stephanie […]

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Enforcement in Quebec

This past week, COTA met in Montreal with Anne-Marie Granger Godbout, President and Executive Director of CARTV, regarding the launch of CARTV’s 2014 enforcement campaign. A recent CARTV press release (French only) signaled that the provincial regulator in Quebec will usher in a new age of enforcement for the province. In the coming year, CARTV […]

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COTA in Vancouver

Members of COTA’s staff will be in Vancouver this week for the CHFA West Expo (April 11-13), as well as for meetings of the technical committee on organic standards reviewing Canada’s organic standards CAN/CGSB 32.310 and CGSB 32.311 (April 14-16). If you plan to be at either event, let us know so that we can […]

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