Organic partnership begins with European Union - The Packer

Organic partnership begins with European Union

05/31/2012 10:19:00 AM
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Courtesy European CommissionThe European Union's certified organic seal can now be used by U.S. growers on organic produce being exported under the organic trade agreement that goes into effect June 1.As of June 1 the organic trade partnership between the U.S. and the European Union becomes effective, enabling importing and exporting of organic produce and other products under an equivalency agreement.

With the agreement, products can carry the EU and/or U.S. Department of Agriculture’s organic seals.

Growers in the U.S. must follow all domestic certification regulations to participate. Products must travel with an EU import certificate of inspection that has been completed by a certifying agent accredited by the U.S. National Organic Program.

In addition, organic apples, pears and ingredients from them must be produced without antibiotics. Also, antibiotics may not be used for at least three years prior to harvests of organic apples or pears for export to the EU.

All U.S. products must be produced or have had final processing or packaging within the U.S. Additional details are available at

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