EU-US ‘organic’ label accord enters into force
Monday 04 June 2012
Food products certified in the EU as ‘organic’ can be sold in the US using their organic label and vice versa under a new equivalence agreement that entered into force on 1 June. The accord should cut up to US$10,000 the cost that food exporters can accrue from having to obtain an additional organic certification when they export products across the pond. There are exceptions: aquaculture products are excluded, while animals treated with antibiotics in the EU cannot benefit, nor can crops produced using antibiotics in the US. Wines are not covered for now, but should be once the EU finalises its rules on organic wines. The EU and US organic food sector is worth some €40 billion combined and consumer demand for organic products is rising.