When buying ingredients certified to USDA standards, what does a US/Canada Organic Equivalency Arrangement (USCOEA) attestation confirm?

In order for a USDA NOP-certified product to be equivalent to COR standards, it needs to be accompanied by an attestation that declares equivalency. The attestation confirms the following:

  1. The product was not produced using sodium nitrate (Chilean nitrate).
  2. The product was not grown using hydroponic or aeroponic production methods.
  3. Agricultural products derived from animals (with the exception of ruminants) were raised according to livestock stocking rates set out in Canada’s Organic Standards (CAN/CGSB 32.310 - 2015).

How Can I Get Certified:

Visit our How to Get Certified page and follow the step-by-step process to guide your path to successful organic certification.

Who PACS Certifies:

PACS certifies Canadian enterprises in the following industries: organic crop production, organic livestock production, organic greenhouse, sprouts & microgreen production, organic food & beverage production, organic cannabis production, organic and wild-harvested mushrooms, wild-harvest certification, maple and birch production, natural and agricultural health products. Follow PACS Step-by-Step Guide to Organic Certification.

Our Programs:

PACS certifies to the Canada Organic Regime (COR) for national and international export of products as well as to the Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC) for certification within the clients province. PACS has an in-house certification program for agricultural health products as well as the Transition to Organic program. Read more about PACS Organic Certification Programs.