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Cosmetics left out of Canadian organic regs

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Some sectors of the industry, including personal care and cosmetics, "have expressed concern that a number of organic products which are regulated at the provincial level are not included in the scope of application" of the proposed Organic Products Regulations published Feb. 14 in the Canada Gazette (Part I). The regs apply to food and drink intended for human consumption as well as food intended to feed livestock, including agricultural crops used for those purposes, and are to be enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). According to a regulatory impact analysis statement, further consultation is needed to determine whether personal-care products and other outlying commodities "should fall under the proposed regulations or whether their organic status should be governed by another government department, agency or body." The organic regulations are slated to go into effect June 30 following a public comment period. The Organic Trade Association in Canada states: "When these regulations come into effect this summer, consumers will have a clear idea of what organic is, and will know the [CFIA] is monitoring and enforcing organic claims in the marketplace.

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