Following a review of one another's organic certification programs, the the US and Canada have determined that products meeting the standard in the US can be sold as organic in Canada and vice versa, effective June 30, according to a USDA press release .
Under a determination of equivalence, producers and processors that are certified under the US National Organic Program standards do not have to become certified to the Canada Organic Product Regulation (COPR) standards for their products to be represented as organic in Canada.
Likewise, Canadian organic products certified to COPR standards may be sold or labeled in the US as organically produced.
Both the USDA organic seal and the Canada Organic Biologique logo may be used on certified products from both countries.
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