Canada introduces new organic logo

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BARRIE, ONTARIO — Chuck Strahl, minister of agriculture and agri-food and minister for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, introduced a new Canada’s new organic food logo. The logo is a part of the new organic food regulations that were announced in December 2006.

The goal of the logo is to communicate to consumers that products bearing the label are federally certified as organic.

"Canada’s new government is delivering certified choice for consumers," said Mr. Strahl. "The logo means consumers will know that products that bear it have met strict criteria and are certified organic."

Only food products that are certified as meeting Canadian standards for organic production can display the logo. Some of the standards include using natural fertilizers and raising animals in conditions that mimic nature. In addition, to be certified as organic products must also contain at least 95% organic ingredients.

After December 2008, all organic products require certification for inter-provincial and international trade.

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