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Are genetially modified organisms allowed for use in Canadian organic production?
According to CAN/CGSB 32.310, materials that result from genetic engineering are not compatible with organic production. With the exception of vaccines, which may be grown on genetically modified substrate, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not permitted in products that are being reviewed to COR standards. All applicants to OMRI must declare in their application materials whether their final product or any ingredients are the product of genetic engineering. For specific high risk crops, such as corn, a review team member may request a declaration of genetic engineering status from the manufacturer.