Understanding eco-logos

From fish to forests to fair trade, use this guide to improve your label literacy

Canada Organic StandardsCanada Organic Standards Logo

Who’s behind it? The Government of Canada, through the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). They’ve finally created Canada’s first Organic Products Regulations. If a product meets these regulations, and is certified by a CFIA-accredited certifying body (see next slide), it is officially recognized as organic by our government and it can carry this new logo.

Found on: nothing yet. But as of June 2009 (when the regulations come into force), the logo will appear on certified organic agricultural food products—fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy and grains.

Ensures that:

  • at least 95 percent of the product’s ingredients are organic;
  • the product was grown with natural fertilizers;
  • no genetic engineering was involved;
  • animals were raised naturally; and,
  • the following were not used in its production: synthetic pesticides, ionizing radiation, irradiation, sewage sludge, synthetic growth hormones or routine antibiotics

For more information: inspection.gc.ca