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European Union and Canada: Agreement on equivalency in organic products

The European Commission has annouced that the European Union and Canada have reached agreement on an equivalency in organic products.

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The European Union and Canada have reached agreement on an equivalency in organic products. Respective decisions on organic equivalency follow long and intensive discussions between the European Commission and Canadian authorities.

The review of each other's rules for organic production and control systems have led to the conclusion that in the EU and Canada the rules governing production and controls of organic agricultural products are equivalent to those laid down in each other's legislation. Both sides furthermore carried out on the spot checks of the production rules and control measures applied in the EU and Canada. On the EU side, the regulation adding Canada on the list of recognised countries has been published on 21 June 2011 ( Official Journal L 161).

Canada, on its side, confirmed in writing on 23 June 2011 that it now recognises all EU organic products as equivalent to the Canadian Organic Products Regulation. The equivalency reached will facilitate and hence boost trade in agricultural organic products between the EU and Canada. Following this equivalency, the respective organic logos will be authorised to be used on each other's market.

Source: Midday Express of June 24, 2011 at the website of the European Union europa.eu

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