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May 5, 2010

Canada bans Nanotechnology in ‘Organic’

The Organic & Non-GMO-Report published in May 2010 in Fairfield, Iowa is reporting that ‘[a]n amendment was added to Canada’s national organic rules banning nanotechnology as a “Prohibited Substance or Method.” The section lists substances or techniques that are prohibited in organic food production, including genetic engineering, synthetic pesticides, irradiation, and cloned animals, among others.

This ruling was made by the Canadian General Standards Board.  The request for a comment from the board was made by Dag Falck, organic program at Nature’s Path Foods. 

The Canadian ruling comes at a time when the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has delayed a ruling on the role of nanotechnology in organic food processing in order to define nanoparticles and nanotechnology. 
For more see:

Previous Chronicle entry: National Organic Standards Board Requests Technical Review of Nanotechnology.

"Canada Bans Nanotechnology in 'Organic,'" Nanotechnology Industries Association, Brussels, Belgium, 5 May 2010.

The Organic & Non-GMO Report, Fairfield, Iowa (Volume 10, Issue 5), 5 May 2010.

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