Before creating a label it is suggested that it is designed based on the Product Composition, Ingredient and Processing Aid requirements in section 8.2 and 8.3 of the Canadian Organic Standards and the relevant sections of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations.
Then submit the following documents to TCO Cert:
- A legible copy of the camera ready full colour artwork of the label/packaging.
- A complete and accurate Organic Product Ingredient (OPI) form.
- Jurisdiction(s) (country where the product is destined) clearly communicated to TCO Cert.
- The Organic Product Ingredient (OPI) form and supporting documents: ingredient certificates for COR and addendum/product list, or CAN-US Equivalency Arrangement or a Sodium (Chilean) Nitrate statement. If flavours are used then provide a copy of the flavour label, specification sheet, completed TCO Flavour Affidavit, and a ‘No Nano Technology’ Affidavit from the flavour manufacturer.
“Period of validity”
“The certification of the packaging or labelling of an organic product is valid for 12 months beginning on the day on which it is granted under subsection (1).
Safe Food for Canadians Regulations – Part 13, Subdivision B – Certification of Packaging and Labelling 348 (3)
- TCO Cert Organic Labelling Guide M-EN-002D (Contact for a copy of this document)
- Organic Products Regulations, 2009 (OPR) Part 3 – Label.
- Section 8.2 – CAN/CSGB 32.310 of the Canadian Organic Standards.
- Part 5 – Quebec/CARTV Requirements for Labelling, Advertising, Display Materials and Commercial Documents.
- CFIA Interactive Food Label.
- CFIA Food Labeling for Industry.
- CFIA Organic Food Labelling Q&A.
- CFIA Organic Products in Canada Fact Sheet.
- CFIA Labeling of organic products under the Canada Organic Regime (Directive 10-05)
- US organic program (NOP) Organic Labeling