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Update for 2015 - Québec Organic Designation Specification Manual (Parts 1 and 5)

Changes have been made to Parts 1 and 5 of the Specification Manual used to control the organic designation in Québec. They came into force January 1st, 2015.

They are aimed primarily at clarifying the scope of the Act respecting reserved designations and added-value claims with respect to the organic designation and harmonize labeling prescribed for products using this name to the requirements of the Canada Organic Regime. However, the technical certification requirements and the permitted substances list remain unchanged.

Arrangement reached between Canada and Japan on Organic Products

The federal government announced on September 23rd, the conclusion of an equivalency arrangement between Japan and Canada. It will come into effect Januaary 1st 2015.

This arrangement is the outcome of an extensive analysis of the Canadian and Japan organic production and certification systems. The scope of this agreement is restricted to plants, funghi and plant-based processed products. It will enable Canadian and Japanese companies to import and export certified organic products without additional certification. Certified organic products could carry the Canada Organic logo, the JAS Organic logo or both under certain conditions.