The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) sent the following notification on Monday, which Organic Alberta members should be aware of:
Starting January 15, 2019 it is no longer required that an application be submitted for the use the Canada Organic Logo for marketing purposes. It is permitted for the organic logo to be used without request for advertisement or information purposes (e.g., advertising certification services or explaining the Canada Organic Regime), provided the advertisement is not used to sell a food, feed or seed product [359(3), SFCR]. It is be the responsibility of the regulated party to accurately reproduce the logo, the CFIA does not provide a reproduction. For use in connection with food, feed and seed, the Canada organic logo continues to be requested by organic operators through CFIA accredited certification bodies.
Note that the use of the logo in contravention to the SFCR could be an offence under the Safe Food for Canadians Act.