Canadian organic food scenario changing as new standards come into effect this month

    New agreement between US and Canada allowing certified organic foods to
    be sold in both countries is industry triumph

    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - Organic Meadow Co-operative Inc., Canada's first
organic dairy company and one of the leading organic brands in the country,
today strongly endorsed two major developments in the Canadian organic food
sector that stand to benefit consumers and producers alike while contributing
long-term to an even healthier organic marketplace.
    "It will now be absolutely clear what consumers are purchasing when they
buy certified organic dairy products or any organic foods," said Steve Cavell,
CEO, Organic Meadow Inc. "We're certainly pleased that all the hard work of
the sector, in cooperation with government, has clarified national organic
standards and confirmed their relevance in real terms that are both
transparent and enforceable."
    Last week, US Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan signed the
US/Canada agreement that reflects not only corresponding positions and clearly
defined standards and said, "we're taking the first step toward global
harmonization of organics."
    The new Canadian Organic Product Regulations will be a step forward for
the organic farmers and people who eat organic food, says Ted Zettel,
President of the Organic Federation of Canada, the national organization
representing everyone from farmers to retailers in the organic food business,
and Chair of the Board, Organic Meadow Inc.


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