“Agricultural products manufactured using sodium nitrate may not be sold or marketed in Canada as eco-organic.” OTA members can ask questions about this agreement: consumers will benefit by having access to a more affordable choice of organic products, larger quantities and product diversity. Consumers will continue to have confidence in organic integrity and state oversight of the products they buy. The organic certificate issued by the certifying officer must contain the following statement: “Certified under the conditions of the Equivalence Equivalence Arrangement of Canada from the United States.” This declaration is necessary to confirm that the imported organic products have been verified in accordance with the conditions of the USCOEA by the certification bodies that issue the organic certificate. “Agricultural products of animals treated with antibiotics should not be marketed as organic in the United States.” Equivalence in bioregulation systems can be achieved: Pursuant to clause 357(1) of Part 13 of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), U.S. organic products imported into Canada must be accompanied by an organic certificate issued by a certification agent accredited in the United States and recognized by the USCOEA. The internal market will develop on the basis of a facilitated supply and demand chain and a reduction in regulatory inefficiencies and redundancies that will benefit producers, producers, consumers and retailers. Although equivalence opens the domestic market to imports, the increase in “product” and “local” purchasing decisions maintains a competitive advantage over imported products. The agreement covers the accreditation system of both regulations as a whole geographically, meaning that agricultural products certified under the terms of the United States Equivalence Equivalence Arrangement (USCOEA) can be sold as organic in both countries. The product marketed under this Agreement must not come from either country. USDA ORGANIC PRODUCTS.
To be sold, labelled, or presented as organic in Canada, USDA organic products must meet the following additional requirements: this means that dairy products or products containing dairy products from animals treated with antibiotics are not considered organic in the United States. In the United States, organic standards are set and enforced by the federal government through the National Organic Program (NOP). This program develops the rules and regulations applicable to all USDA (US Department of Agriculture) organic products. The standardization process in the U.S. includes contributions from the National Organic Standards Board (a federal advisory committee made up of industry experts), but unlike in Canada, this board does not have the right to vote. This lack of voting rights means that stakeholders in the U.S. organic sector have less control over standards. For example, the National Organic Standards Board has recommended having Chilean nitrate as a banned substance, but it remains on the national list of permitted substances. The board also voted to ban aeroponic production systems in organic farming, but the USDA still allows their use. All U.S. organic products imported into Canada must meet Canadian organic labelling requirements and may bear the Canada Organic logo. The logo must be requested from the USDA-accredited certification body responsible for certification….