USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, in her keynote address at the Organic Trade Association (OTA)'s All Things OrganicTM
Conference and Trade Show, announced that an equivalency agreement has been reached between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
This historic equivalency agreement will allow the continued smooth flow of certified organic products between the two countries and support the continued growth of this rapidly expanding market in North America. It is the first such equivalency agreement worldwide for the organic industry.
The official signing will take place at Organic Trade Association (OTA)'s All Things OrganicTM
Conference and Trade Show at Lakeview Center, McCormick Place this afternoon during the State of the Organic Industry in North America session. The agreement, signed by the two government agencies, takes effect on June 30.
This is the first step toward global harmonisation of organic standards, and marks an historic moment for the organic community, Merrigan said.
Source: Organic Trade Association