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Ottawa, Aug 14 (Canadian-Media): An interim arrangement reached between the governments of Canada and Taiwan facilitates Canadian organic producers to export their products to Taiwan, and Canadian families shopping for organic food will have more choices, Govt of Canada reports said.
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On May 30, 2020 Canada and Taiwan signed letters recognizing the two national organic systems as equivalent. The recognitions apply to agricultural products of plant origin, and processed foods of plant origin, livestock and livestock products as well as aquaculture products grown or produced in each jurisdiction or whose final processing or packaging occurs within each jurisdiction.
Canadian certified organic products may be sold as organic in Taiwan, as long as the terms of the Taiwan's recognition letter are met.
For one year, the Canada-Taiwan Organic Equivalency Arrangement (CTOEA) means certain organic products may be sold as organic in Canada or Taiwan while the equivalency of the organic production and certification systems are finalized.
This arrangement promotes ongoing Government of Canada initiatives to eliminate trade barriers and increase consumer access to organic foods that meet Canadian organic standards.
The interim arrangement applies to agricultural and processed products of plant origin, livestock and livestock products as well as aquaculture products. This includes products grown or produced within either territory or whose final processing or packaging occurs within either territory.
The interim arrangement further facilitates the import and export of organic food products between Canada and Taiwan by reducing industry certification costs and administrative processes.
The organic food equivalency arrangement which came into effect May 30, 2020, will remain valid for one year or until the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is able to travel outside Canada to conduct an on-site assessment and finalize the equivalency determination.