Canada, Taiwan reach interim agreement for organic trade

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By Glacier FarmMedia staff

Canada and Taiwan have reached an interim arrangement for the trade of organic food. This means for one year certain organic products may be sold as organic in Canada or Taiwan while the equivalency of the organic production and certification systems are finalized.

The interim arrangement applies to agricultural and processed products of plant origin, livestock and livestock products as well as aquaculture products. This includes products grown or produced within either territory or whose final processing or packaging occurs within either territory.

The organic food equivalency arrangement came into effect May 30, 2020 and will remain valid for one year or until the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is able to travel outside Canada to conduct an on-site assessment and finalize the equivalency determination.

Equivalency determination allows two differing standards, regulations or procedures to remain as is (in each country) but treats them as if they are the same as long as they achieve the same results and policy objectives even if through different means.

The addition of Taiwan brings to six the number of equivalency agreements in place. The other agreements include Japan, European Union, Costa Rica, Switzerland, and the United States.