The SIC opens the first public comment period (Jan 21 - Feb 21)

The SIC opens the first public comment period (Jan 21 - Feb 21)

January 25, 2021
2020 Standards Blog

The following information has been copied from the Organic Federation of Canada Newsletter, Info-bio

Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee

Comment period – 21 January to 21 February 2021

The Standards Interpretation Committee opens the first public comment period presenting interpretations in compliance with the version 2020 of the Canadian Organic Standards (published on 11 December 2020).

Please note all the Standards Interpretation Committee's Final Questions and Answers have been updated to reflect the content of the 2020 Canadian Organic Standards (COS).

  • If a final answer has both blue and black text, the part of the answer written in black corresponds to the 2015 COS and the part of the answer written in blue corresponds strictly to the 2020 COS.
  • If the answer is written completely in black, this means the answer applies to both the 2015 and 2020 editions.

The 2015 COS remains applicable for one year after the publication of the 2020 COS.  

Questions and answers under public comment:

Is organic feed required during transport and handling of livestock when the duration of transit exceeds 5 hours (6.5.5)?

When liquid ingredients are composed of solids dissolved in added water, is the added water excluded or included in the percent organic calculation?

When calculating the organic percentage of a multi-ingredient product, that is a mixture of solid and liquid ingredients (9.1.3c), and there are no reconstitution claims, is the mass of each ingredient used as-is, or should any salt or water in each of these ingredients be removed prior to the calculation?

Can gelling agents such as guar gum and xanthan gum be added into drinking water/feed for crickets? This will stop crickets from drowning especially as they are small when they first hatch.

… and many additional questions and answers.

Click here to see the proposed answers to various questions raised by organic stakeholders regarding the National Standards for Organic Agriculture.

The proposed responses are subject to a 30-day comment period, ending 21 February 2021.

All comments regarding these answers should be sent to