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Organic Grade Regulations

made under Section 166 of the

Agriculture and Marketing Act

R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 6

O.I.C. 2015-331 (October 20, 2015), N.S. Reg. 340/2015


1     These regulations may be cited as the Organic Grade Regulations.


2     In these regulations,


“Act” means the Agriculture and Marketing Act;


“Canadian Organic Standards” means the standards CAN/CGSB 32.310 and CAN/CGSB 32.311, as defined in the federal Organic Products Regulations;


“certification body” means a third-party organization that is accredited or recognized by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency under the federal Organic Products Regulations as being responsible for the organic certification of agricultural products and organic product packaging and labelling certification;


“federal Organic Products Regulations” means the Organic Products Regulations, 2009, made under the Canada Agricultural Products Act (Canada);


“multi-ingredient product” means a type of product that is composed of 2 or more products;


“product” has the same meaning as in clause 165(d) of the Act.

Definitions placed in alphabetical order for the purposes of this consolidation.


3     These regulations apply to all products produced or processed in the Province and sold in the Province.

Multi-ingredient products designated as products

4     Multi-ingredient products are hereby designated as products under clause 165(d) of the Act.

Organic grade

5     (1)    There is hereby established a grade for all products to be known as “organic grade”.


       (2)    An organic grade product is one that is certified by a certification body as meeting the Canadian Organic Standards and the federal Organic Products Regulations.

Restricted terms representing organic grade

6     (1)    For the purposes of Section 174 of the Act, use of any of the following terms or similar words, including abbreviations of, symbols for and phonetic renderings of those words is deemed to be representing a product as organic grade:


                (a)    organic;


                (b)    organically grown;


                (c)    organically produced;


                (d)    organically raised;


                (e)    organic grade.


       (2)    A person must not use a business name that contains any of the terms prescribed in subsection (1) in connection with a product unless the product meets the requirements for organic grade.

Records to be maintained

7     A person who produces or prepares a product that is certified as organic grade in accordance with these regulations must maintain the records required by section 17 of the federal Organic Products Regulations.