April 15, 2016
The Governments of Canada and the European Commission announced a scope extension of the five year old EU-Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement (EUCOEA).
The arrangement allows the import and export of certain certified organic products between Canada and the European Union (EU) without the need for additional certification.
Organic wine has now been included in the scope of the EUCOEA. This will allow organic wine certified to the EU or Canada organic standards to be sold and labelled as organic in both markets. Initially, organic wine was not included in the EUCOEA scope due to the review of labelling and wine organic production rules in place in the EU.
Until now, the import of organic products from Canada into the EU was limited to products grown or processed entirely in Canada. Going forward, Canadian organic processed products certified to Canadian organic standards and imported into the EU can contain organic ingredients from third countries.
According to European Union Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan and Canadian Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay, this decision follows a thorough assessment of the equivalence of EU and Canada organic wine production standards and import control systems.