Standards Interpretation Committee Comment Period (July 4 – August 4, 2016)

ofc_logoFrom the Organic Federation of Canada:

Standards Interpretation Committee: Questions and Answers Regarding National Standards for Organic Agriculture

Below are proposed answers to questions, raised by organic stakeholders, regarding the National Standards for Organic Agriculture. The proposed responses are subject to a 30 day comment period. All comments regarding these answers should be sent to OPR.RPB@inspection.gc.ca

COMMENT PERIOD – July 4 to August 4 2016

Isolation distances
How should the note in 5.2.2 on isolation distances for preventing GE contamination be used in the enforcement of 5.2.2 d)? (282)

Alfalfa seed production
Does the note in 5.2.2 d), “(for seed production)”, refer to the organic alfalfa or to the GE alfalfa? (282A)

Parallel production
Is parallel production in livestock prohibited? If so under what circumstances might it be allowed? (283)

Nutritional requirements – early lactation
6.4.3 g) allows for increased grain feeding during uncommonly cold conditions or when forage quality is compromised to ensure that nutritional requirements of ruminants are met. Can dairy cows be fed more than 40% grain in early lactation when their energy requirements are highest? (295)

Use of non-organic feed
Under what circumstances can a dairy operation use non organic feed? (260)

GE vaccines
Can GE vaccines be used in poultry if the conditions for the use of veterinary drugs (6.6.10) are met? (298)

Spray bandage
Is a spray bandage, sprayed on wounds, replacing traditional bandages, allowed? (292)

Plants sold in pots
Plants harvested within 30 days of planting fall under clause 7.4 and require the use of organic seed. What if they are sold in pots to a customer who keeps them beyond the 30 days? Would they still need to be grown from organic seed? (293)

Parallel production
Is parallel production prohibited for greenhouse crops? (285)

GMO free formulants
Must formulants listed on PMRA 4A and 4B tables be GMO free? (281)

Magnesium lignosulphate
Is Magnesium lignosulphate allowed under the listing of lignin sulphonates in Table 4.3 of the Permitted Substances List? (289)

Processes – biobased biodegradable mulches
For a biobased biodegradable mulch, what are the acceptable processes in the manufacturing of the film? Could a biobased film become non-compliant because of the manufacturing process that would disqualify it from being used on organic farms? (284)

Click here to consult the proposed answers to the questions raised by stakeholders.

The proposed responses are subject to a 30 day comment period. All comments regarding these answers should be sent to OPR.RPB@inspection.gc.ca

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, in partnership with the Organic Federation of Canada, has developed the Organic Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC).

The objective of the Committee is to provide, to the Canada Organic Office, interpretive guidance on issues related to the National Standards for Organic Agriculture (CAN/CGSB 32.310 and CAN/CGSB32.311).

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