U.S. and Switzerland Streamline Organic Trade
As of July 10, organic products certified in the United States or Switzerland may be sold as organic in either country. The Department of Agriculture states that this organic equivalency arrangement will streamline organic trade, strengthen organic agriculture and support jobs and businesses on a global scale. The U.S. has previously signed such arrangements with Canada, the European Union, Japan and Korea, streamlining access to over $35 billion in international organic markets.
A USDA press release states that prior to this announcement technical experts from the U.S. and Switzerland conducted thorough onsite audits to ensure that their regulations, quality control measures, certification requirements and labeling practices were compatible. The two sides will review each other's programs periodically to verify that the terms of the arrangement are being met.