Chapter I: Object and principles

1. The object of this Act is to protect the authenticity of products, and of terms used to identify and promote them, through product certification based on origin or on special characteristics associated with a method of production or specificity.

2006, c. 4, s. 1.

2. In this Act, “product” means an unprocessed or processed agricultural, aquacultural or other food product that is intended for sale.

2006, c. 4, s. 2.

3. A reserved designation falls into one of the following three classes:

  1. reserved designations relating to a method of production such as organic farming;
  2. reserved designations relating to a link with a terroir, such as protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications;
  3. reserved designations relating to specificity.

2006, c. 4, s. 3.

4. An authorized added-value claim identifies a special characteristic of a product, generally a method of production or preparation, that is sought by the consumer.

2006, c. 4, s. 4.

5. To qualify for a reserved designation, a product must be certified by an accredited certification body as compliant with a specification manual.

To qualify for an added-value claim, a product must be certified by an accredited certification body as compliant with standards defined by regulation of the Minister.

2006, c. 4, s. 5.

6. Recognition of a reserved designation or authorization of an added-value claim grants the parties registered with an accredited certification body the exclusive right to use the designation or claim, on the conditions set by that certification body.

2006, c. 4, s. 6.

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