Organic Claims
Use of the Organic Logo on Organic Products

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The CFIA regulates the use of the Canada organic logo below (Figure 1). The use of the organic logo is only permitted on products that have an organic content that is greater than or equal to 95% and have been certified according to the requirements of the Canada Organic Regime. The use of the organic logo is voluntary but when used it is subject to the requirements of the OPR [22, 23, OPR].

Imported products must meet the requirements of the Canada Organic Regime. Imported products that bear the logo must include:

  • the statement "Product of", immediately preceding the name of the country of origin, or
  • the statement "Imported", in close proximity to the logo

These statement must appear on the label in both French and English, unless a bilingual labelling exemption applies. [21, 25(c) OPR].

this is an example of the permitted presentation of the Canada organic logo in colour this is an example of the permitted presentation of the Canada organic logo in black and white

Figure 1

The logo is displayed in either black with a white background, in black with a transparent background or in colour. If displayed in colour, the background is white or transparent, the outer and inner borders are green (Pantone no. 368), the maple leaf is red (Pantone no. 186) and the lettering is black [22, 23, OPR].

The Canada organic logo is available to organic operators through Canadian Food Inspection Agency accredited certification bodies.

Available online is a list of certification bodies that have either been accredited by the CFIA to certify organic products; or recognized under an organic trade equivalency arrangement with a foreign competent authority under the Regulations.

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