EXPORT TO CANADA
In order to export to Canada organic products, operators have two possibilities:
1. Export products on the base of certification EC Reg. 834/07
Since July 2011, thanks to the equivalence agreement between EC Reg. 834/07 and COR regulations, products certified according to EC Reg. 834/07 can be exported to Canada without the need of other certifications. The COR logo can be used on the label.
2. Request COR certification (Canada Organic Regime)
ICEA was accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for control and certification activities in conformity to Canada Organic Regime (COR) standards, that regulates production, labelling, and selling of organic food products in Canada, that come into force on the 30 of June 2009.
• is applied to food and feed products (for human or livestock)
• does not include the certification oh hydroponic and aeroponic crops (that anyway are not included also by the the EU regulation)
• include specific requirements all along the production chain, so all the operators that produce, process, and label organic products to export them to Canada must be certified in compliance with COR
EU-Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement (EUCOEA) update
Canada has reviewed the European system for organic production, labelling and control as set out in the Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007, Commission Regulation (EC) No 889/2008, and Commission Regulation (EC) No1235/2008 ("European Organic System").
Pursuant to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Act and the Canada Agricultural Products Act, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has determined, based on that review, that agricultural products, including wine, which are produced and processed in the European Union and which are:
• certified in conformity with the above-mentioned EU Regulations by an EU control authority or control body approved in accordance with Article 27 of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007; and
• accompanied by the certificate which is issued by an EU control authority or control body
are deemed equivalent to those products that have been produced and processed in accordance with the CanadianOrganic Products Regulations, 2009 (OPR 2009); and may be sold, labelled and represented in Canada as organic, including by display of the Canadian organic logo as well as the EU organic logo as set out in the Commission Regulation (EC) No 889/2008. This recognition will be effective as of April 7, 2016 under the conditions set forth in Appendix 1.
Joint statement on the scope extension of the EU-Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement
April 7, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
European Union Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, today released the following statement:
"The Government of Canada and the European Commission are pleased to announce the scope extension of the EU-Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement (EUCOEA) which enters into force today.
"After 5 years of successful implementation of the EUCOEA, we have agreed to extend the scope of the products that can be traded under mutual recognition.
"Organic wine has now been included in the scope of the EUCOEA. This will allow organic wine certified to the EU or Canada organic standards to be sold and labelled as organic in both markets. Initially, organic wine was not included in the EUCOEA scope due to the review of labelling and wine organic production rules in place in the EU. The new rules were adopted in 2012.
"Until now, the import of organic products from Canada into the EU was limited to products grown or processed entirely in Canada. Going forward, Canadian organic processed products certified to Canadian organic standards and imported into the EU can contain organic ingredients from third countries.
"This decision follows a thorough assessment of the equivalence of EU and Canada organic wine production standards and import control systems."
EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay met today in Paris at the OECD Meeting of Agriculture Ministers where they discussed the scope expansion and how it will benefit operators in both markets, reducing certification costs and increasing business opportunities in two of the most important organic markets in the world.
"The Government of Canada and the European Commission look forward to continue working together to improve mutual equivalence arrangement in order to foster trade in organic products between both markets for the benefit of European and Canadian farmers and producers."
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