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Organic Products Bill Gets Second Reading

Dufferin-Caledon | by Jill Young  

Dufferin Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones wants to ensure organic labelled products really are organic.

A bill put forward by Dufferin Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones has passed second reading in the Ontario legislature.

Bill 153, the Organic Products Act is co-sponsored legislation between Jones and NDP M.P.P Peter Tabuns. 

It would ensure consumer confidence in organic products by requiring that all organic products sold in Ontario have been certified.

Jones says all organic products sold across provincial borders or carrying the Canada Organic Logo must be certified as organic, but in Ontario there is no restriction as to what can be called "organic".

She says that means people are free to call any product organic whether or not it really is.

The bill has so far gotten the support of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, the National Farmers Union - and other groups.

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