Changes to Organic Certification Could Exclude Medical Cannabis

Article by Harrison Jordan, Lift News

Changes to organic certification could exclude medical cannabis The new regulations would mean that only human food products could be certified

Licensed Producers of cannabis in Canada may soon be prohibited from certifying and labelling their products as organic. An anticipated move by the executive of the federal government will take Canada’s Organic Products Regulations and combine them with other regulations into a single document called the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. The move was announced in 2012 by the then-incumbent Conservative government and passed voting through Parliament that year. The current Liberal federal government appears to be moving forward after a recently-concluded industry comment period.

Farming industry news outlet Alberta Farmer Express recently noted that such changes would move the regulation of organic products from the Canada Agricultural Products Act to the Safe Foods for Canadians Act. The move would bar from organic certification any non-food items, such as organic textiles, pet food, natural health products, body care, and yes—cannabis products.

The Alberta Farmer Express cited a news release from Canadian Organic Growers as condemning the move.

“Our organic supply chain is not prepared for these dramatic changes and they are not necessary in maintaining organic integrity,” a release by COG reportedly said.

The move will likely hamper the ability of a wide range of companies to obtain organic certification on their products, as the new regulations would require companies to also certify the transportation and storage of the goods as organic.

Currently, the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency permits approximately twenty different certification bodies across the country to certify consumer products as organic. Goods that claim to be “organic” or display the Canadian Organic logo must be certified by one of the twenty entities. These certification bodies are in turn monitored by conformity verification bodies.

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