MPP wants new regulations for 'organic' foods in Ontario

By Alex Robinson, 1310 News, December 9, 2018

MPP Jim McDonell wants Ontario to have stricter standards when it comes to which foods are labelled as "organic."

The Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP has introduced a private member's bill — bill 54 or the Organic Products Act — that would bar producers from marketing their foods as organic unless they are approved by a provincial certification body. He told 1310 NEWS' The Rick Gibbons Show that the new legislation would bring Ontario's regulations for produce grown in the province in line with those for imported organic food.

"In Ontario, there is no regulation concerning organic foods if they do not cross a border. A good portion of the food you see labelled as organic has no regulations to follow and no regulations to follow and no actual periodic inspection. So it is a challenge," said McDonell, who is a Progressive Conservative.

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