AAFC to track more organic imports

A federal pilot project to track imported organic produce and get a better picture of market potential will expand to 20 new products, the federal agriculture department announced Wednesday.

The 20 added products bring the total to 61, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada said in a release. The project, which was launched last year, has made Canada the first country to track trade data on imports of organic products.

More products and varieties will be integrated in the next two to three years to develop a full list of codes to track both import and export trade in all “significant” organic ag products, and to help the industry better determine market potential, the department said.

The added organic imports to be tracked by their harmonized system codes starting July 1 will include:

  • fresh salad cut mixes, in packages over and under one kilogram each;
  • baby carrots, in packages over and under one kg each;
  • peas;
  • fresh-cut spinach, in packages over and under 500 grams each;
  • cherries; strawberries; raspberries and loganberries; cranberries;
  • green tea (not fermented), in bags for individual servings as well as in packages over and under three kg;
  • black tea (fermented and partly fermented), not decaffeinated, in bags for individual servings and in packages exceeding three kg;
  • herbal tea in bags, for individual servings;
  • virgin olive oil in container sizes of less than 18 kg;
  • food preparations containing more than 10 per cent on a dry weight basis of milk sold for infant use, for retail sale; and
  • tomato sauces.

Imported certified organic products already tracked under this system include a number of foreign fruits and vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, onions, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, carrots, sweet corn, apples, peaches, blueberries and others) as well as milk beverages.

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