Farm Ireland

Saturday 24 February 2018

EU signs historic US organic deal

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Irish organic dairy, salmon and beef producers are set to benefit from a historic US-EU deal on organic trade.

The move, which was agreed at Bio-Fach, the largest organic trade show in the world, allows products certified as organic in the EU to be sold in the US and vice versa, eliminating significant barriers for producers.

At present, Irish and European producers selling into the US require additional certification, which adds to costs and bureaucracy for organic farmers.

However, from June 1, this double certification will no longer be required, according to the agreement signed by EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos and US Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan.

Catriona Murphy

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