This study, prompted by the increasing demand for organic foods as well as the marketing and production of this commodity, analyses the different certification groups that manage the organic food certification system. The report found that consumers rely on certification logos for choosing organic foods in stores not specializing in these products, and in addition the study found that each certification group has its own standards and rules that outline the requirements leading to classification as organic. Option consommateurs makes several recommendations including: establishing an accreditation group in each province, defining a transition period from non-organic to organic land use, and inspecting organic farm land without notice.
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Source: Consumer Policy Research Database