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Canadian forestry company sues over audit by the Rainforest Alliance: court

MONTREAL -- Canada's largest forest products company is suing over an audit that criticized the company's logging practices for violating environmental standards, according to court documents obtained by AFP Tuesday.

Resolute Forest Products, which makes pulp and paper from wood, has filed the lawsuit against the Rainforest Alliance, a global group that certifies best forestry practices.

After its 2014 audit of the company's northern Ontario province operations, the Rainforest Alliance had recommended the company's Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificate be suspended.

The environmental stamp of approval allows a company to say it is following environmentally sustainable forestry practices.

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