Marketing Foods of Plant Origin in Ontario: A Guide to Legislative Requirements
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is committed to fostering and promoting a healthy, safe, and successful food sector.
Marketing foods of plant origin that are grown in Ontario is a regulated activity. This means that when you prepare, advertise, distribute, transport, purchase, sell or offer for sale (whether for profit or not) or otherwise make these foods available for consumption or use by consumers, either directly or indirectly, you must do so in accordance with certain legal requirements. These requirements are set by federal, provincial and municipal governments.
OMAFRA has developed a tool to help you find the legal requirements you need to know to market your foods of plant origin that are grown in Ontario. Links to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are provided so you can access information regarding federal requirements for imported foods of plant origin.
The requirements identified in this tool will apply to foods of plant origin regardless of whether the foods are produced conventionally or organically. More information on organic production and organic certification can be found on the OMAFRA website as well as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.
This tool is a guide only. Links to applicable requirements have been provided for your information and review. Given the broad scope of the requirements, the variety of foods of plant origin grown in Ontario and the variety of roles in marketing those foods, it is not possible for OMAFRA to provide information about every requirement that may apply to your particular situation. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are aware of and comply with all legal requirements (federal, provincial or municipal) that apply to your situation.
For more information or to comment on this tool please contact: Foods of Plant Origin Program
The information in this tool is provided as a public service. Although we try to ensure that the information is as current, accurate and complete as possible, errors do occasionally occur. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information. Readers should verify the information before acting on it. Although the information has been carefully prepared, the Ministry does not accept any legal responsibility for the contents or for any consequences, including direct or indirect liability, arising from its use.
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What do we mean by Foods of Plant Origin?
In this tool, "foods of plant origin" means:
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