Canada-Japan Organic Equivalency Arrangement to include the organic alcohol

News from AAFC’s Market Access Secretariat

The Government of Canada is expanding its organic equivalency arrangement with Japan. Beginning August 31, 2023, organic alcoholic beverages will be included in this arrangement.

The original equivalency arrangement between Canada and Japan came into effect on January 1, 2015, and recognizes the organic production and certification systems in each country as equivalent. In July 2020, livestock products and processed food products containing livestock ingredients were added into this arrangement.

Beginning August 31, organic alcoholic beverages certified under the Canada Organic Regime or the Japanese organic system may be sold and labelled as organic in Canada and Japan. This arrangement gives consumers more organic options and expands market access in Japan for the Canadian organic industry.

For additional information, please refer to the following webpage: Overview: Japan – Canada Organic Equivalency Arrangement (JCOEA) – Canadian Food Inspection Agency