A New Regulatory Framework for Federal Food Inspection: Discussion Document
Organic Products Regulations, 2009

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The Organic Products Regulations, 2009 (OPR) provide the authority to certify organic products and the packaging and labelling of organic products, and were promulgated in 2009 following extensive industry engagement. They incorporate by reference industry-developed Canadian Standards (CAN/CGSB 32.310 and 32.311) and provide for the designation of conformity verification bodies and accreditation certification bodies who provide organic certification. The OPR have also been the basis for a number of equivalency arrangements with foreign countries regarding the trade of organic products.

The OPR do not currently cover aquaculture given that aquaculture products did not meet the definition of "agricultural products" under CAPA when they were first developed. Now that the regulations are moving under the SFCA that applies to all food commodities, consideration can be given to including an aquaculture standard in the regulations. Additionally, at the time the OPR were first developed, aquaculture products did not have a technical standard within the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Organic Standards.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada sponsored a technical working group to develop an Organic Standard for Aquaculture through the CGSB process. The CGSB Aquaculture Organic Standard is now published. Given that the SFCA provides the authority to regulate aquaculture products, the new regulations represent an opportunity to include them.

It is proposed that existing organic products requirements be extended to aquaculture products.

Question 31: What are your comments on the proposed approach to extend the requirements for organic products to aquaculture products?

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