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Labeling and packaging
What regulations apply to organic product labeling?
When appearing on the label or the packaging, the term "organic" indicates that a product has met specific standards that apply to organic agriculture. An organic product always bears the name of the certification body that has certified it.
This labeling acts as a guide to aware consumers.
The labeling of organic products is governed by governmental regulations that also specify the standards to which products must conform to.
Compulsory national standards
The labeling of organic products is governed by governmental regulations that also specify the standards to which products must conform.
We would like to use the term “natural” on our packaging, where can we find labeling standards that apply to the use of this term?
The term “natural” is not considered as a synonym, derivative or diminutive of the term “organic.”
However the federal government has published guidelines for the use of allegations on agri-foodproducts as this term. Please consult the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website for more information.
Who must approve packaging mentioning the term "organic" before it is printed?
The certification body that monitors the operator must approve these labels, making sure they comply with the current regulation. If you have any doubts, please contact the CARTV to have the information appearing on your labels and/or packaging validated.
Must a certification body's address and logo appear on product packing?
No. The Québec Organic Designation Specification Manual requires only for products containing more than 70% of organic ingredients that the name of the certifier appears on the packaging, along with the mention "Certified by (name of certifier)". Any other information on the certification body including its logo is optional.
For products containing 70% or less ingredients from organic agriculture, no information on certification body should appear.