The U.S. has an equivalence arrangement with the European Union (EU). This means that as long as the terms of the arrangement are met, organic operations certified to the USDA organic or EU organic standards may be labeled and sold as organic in both countries.
- Crops produced using antibiotics (streptomycin for fire blight control in apples and pears).
- Agricultural products derived from animals treated with antibiotics.
- Aquatic animals (e.g. fish, shellfish).
- EU Labeling Requirements
- USDA Organic Seal (link to Organic Seal page)
- EU Regulation Listing U.S. as Third Country
- EU Regulations: Importing Organic Products from Third Countries (pdf)
- EU Import and Export Information
- GAIN U.S.-EU Organic Trade Update: January 2014 (pdf)
- Audit Report of EU Organic Program (pdf)
- GAIN U.S.-EU Trade Report: February 2012 (pdf)
- European Commission Review of EU-US Organic Equivalence Arrangement (pdf)