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The Canada Food Inspection Agency [CFIA] has notified the organic industry that the two-year Stream of Commerce and Enforcement Policy will end on 30 June 2011 according to schedule. Operators in Canada certified to the COR are expected to be in full compliance at this time.

May 4, 2011

  • The Canada Food Inspection Agency [CFIA] has notified the organic industry that the two-year Stream of Commerce and Enforcement Policy will end on 30 June 2011 according to schedule.  Operators in Canada certified to the COR are expected to be in full compliance at this time.  NOP operators exporting to Canada need to make sure that labels are reviewed by OTCO for compliance to the Canada Regulation.  Note below that this date does not apply to the US-Canada Equivalency Arrangement.
  • The US-Canada Equivalency Agreement continues to be confusing.  Here are three important points to understand:
  1. Be Proactive: All shipments crossing the Canadian border (in either direction) must be accompanied by the statement: “Certified in compliance with the terms of the US-Canada Organic Equivalency Arrangement”. This statement is a requirement so that products crossing the borders are verified to meet the terms of the Arrangement.  The attestation may be included on the organic certificate, a transaction certificate, statement on bill of lading or purchase order or any other affirmative attestation.
  2. Be Prepared: OTCO Staff are assessing compliance for all Crop producers as part of the Certification cycle.  Livestock and Processor/Handler clients will be assessed on request.  If you know or suspect that your products will be shipped between Canada and the US as ingredients or finished products then you need to be verifying your products/suppliers as soon as possible.
  3. Be Aware: The NOP and CFIA have agreed that the deadline for full compliance to the terms of the Arrangement will be the end of 2012.  You should be actively working toward full documentation/compliance now in order to be finished in time and also in order to meet customer requests. OTCO Cannot sign US-Canada Equivalency Affirmations until documentation of compliance is in place.

For more information visit our website here or contact Jim Pierce, Global Organic Program Manager: jim (at) tilth (dot) org 503.779.9063

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