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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Organic Industry and Government
A delegation of leaders of the organic sector from across Canada met withthe Honourable Andy Mitchell, Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada yesterday to request that the Minister establish a regulation for organic food in Canada.
The Minister agreed on the need for a regulation and said his department
is prepared to work as quickly as possible to make this happen.
He noted that his officials have already made substantial progress
Organic products are the fastest-growing sector in the food industry today, with consumer demand continuing to rise. The market opportunities are bigger than Canada's organic producers can supply. While most products labelled organic are certified by accredited organic certification agents, there is no federal regulation to ensure these products adhere to Canada's organic standard.
Participants also discussed the need for equivalence and mutual
recognition agreements between trading partners. According to Paddy
Doherty, coordinator of the Organic Regulatory Committee, the organic
Stephanie Wells of the Organic Trade Association said, "With federal organic regulation, country-to-country trade negotiations will finally be possible."
"This approval is a milestone for the organic sector in Canada" said Debbie Miller, manager of the Organic Crop Improvement Association Canadian office.
For more information, contact members of the Organic Regulatory Committee:
Laura Telford, Ph.D.,
Check out COG's new on-line directory of organics at www.cogdir.ca