New rules for “organic”
New regulations have been enacted under the Food and Agricultural Products Classification Act so B.C. consumers can have more clarity when it comes to organic food products.
The regulations allow for terms, such as organic, to be used only if and when specific certification standards have been met.
As a result of the B.C. government regulating the term organic , after September 2018, if an agrifood product is being marketed as organic in British Columbia, it will have to be from a producer who has successfully been accredited through a federal or provincial certification program.
After September 2018, uncertified producers marketing food as organic will face the possibility of penalties, including a 350 dollar fine.