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).
Documentation – USDA Organic Products. A USDA-accredited certifying agent must complete an electronic Certificate of Inspection through TRACES for all USDA organic products traded under the arrangement.
- EU Regulation Listing U.S. as Third Country
- EU Regulations: Importing Organic Products from Third Countries (pdf)
- EU Import and Export Information
- 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)