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What can do an uncertified firm to have the right to use the term "organic"?
Any agricultural or agrifood product must be certified by an accredited body in order to allow the company that produces and market it to legally use the term "organic," or any other of the various synonyms and derivatives of this term.
Note however that firms whose activities, products or services are not included in Section 1.4 of Part 1 of the Québec Organic Designation Specification Manual are not required to be certified when they use the term organic. For example, a firm selling detergents known as "organic" need not be certified because this type of product does not fall within the Act's field of reference.
What fines will be incurred when the regulations on the use of "organic" designations are not respected?
Firms using the designation "organic" and found to be violating Chapter VI regulations from the Act Respecting Reserved Designations and Added-Value Claims are liable to fines varying from $2,000 to over $20,000 and in the event of repetition, fines from $4,000 to over $60,000.
Who is responsible for supervising and applying the Act?
The law confers to the Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants (CARTV) the power to enforce.