New US-European Union Partnership on Organic Trade

Quoted from: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5097062. See also the USDA news release.

Accessing the European Union Organic Market

Beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in Europe or in the United States may be sold as organic in either region. This partnership between the two largest organic-producers in the world will establish a strong foundation from which to promote organic agriculture, benefiting the growing organic industry and supporting jobs and businesses on a global scale.

Requirements: USDA Organic Products Exported to the European Union

In addition to certification to the USDA organic regulations, products must meet the following requirements:

  1. Apples and pears must be produced without antibiotics.
  2. Products must travel with an EU import certificate that has been completed by a USDA-accredited certifying agent.
  3. Products must be either produced within the U.S. or have had final processing or packaging occur within the U.S.

Labeling

For retail products, labels or stickers must state the name of the U.S. or EU certifying agent and use the USDA organic seal or the EU organic logo.

100% organic products. The EU doesn’t have a labeling category for 100% organic products. These products could be labeled “organic.”

“Made with” organic products. The EU does not have a labeling category for “made with” organic products. For products containing less than 95% organic ingredients, a percentage statement of organic content may be displayed on the label.

For more information on labeling, please see the EU organic regulations, available here.