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International Arrangement Gives Canadian Consumers More Organic Food Choices
OTTAWA, July 5, 2011: Canadian organic producers will have increased opportunities to export their products and families shopping for organic food in their local grocery stores will have more choices following an arrangement reached between Canada and the European Union (EU).
The Canada—European Union Organic Equivalency Arrangement is the outcome of an extensive analysis of the Canadian and EU organic production and certification systems. The arrangement will allow the import and export of certified organic products between Canada and the EU without the need for additional certification.
"This arrangement with the European Union will give Canadian organic producers a competitive edge in the European market for organics products," said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "It's a win-win for Canada as this arrangement will also offer Canadian consumers more organic food options."
Certified organic products can now carry the Canadian and/or the EU organic logo.
"The European Union is the single largest market for organic products in the world. Today's announcement is good news for Canadian producers and workers as it provides easier access to these consumers with less red tape," said International Trade Minister Ed Fast. "We look forward to expanding access to other important sectors as we pursue an ambitious free trade plan for creating jobs and economic growth with the EU."
Canada's Organic Products Regulations, 2009 came into force on June 30, 2009. For more information on Canada's organic products regulations and standards, please visit the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca
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Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
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Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
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