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Partnership to expand certified organic exports to Korea

Quality Assurance International (QAI) and Australian Certified Organic (ACO) have announced their new partnership to expand the certification of organic products to and from Korea and the United States for unprocessed foods, agricultural and forest products, raw food and livestock. Under the partnership, the two certification agencies are combining their organic inspections. As ACO is […]

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OTA hosts July 9 webinar on U.S.-Korea Equivalency

As a follow-up to last week’s announcement about the U.S.-Korea Equivalency Arrangement for organic processed products, OTA will host a conference call and webinar this Wednesday, July 9, at Noon EST. OTA’s Senior Trade Advisor Bob Anderson and OTA’s Senior International Trade Manager Monique Marez will be on the phone to briefly discuss the arrangement, with […]

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U.S.-Korea equivalence for organic processed products

Yesterday, in separate signings in Seoul and Washington, the United States and Korea formalized an equivalency arrangement reopening Korea’s market to U.S. organic processed food products. The pact, which goes into effect today, allows processed organic products certified in Korea or in the United States to be sold as organic in either country. This is […]

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Organic conference session at IFT Expo

OTA will present an educational session entitled “Labeling Products for the Global Organic Market” Sunday, June 22, at 1:30 p.m. at IFT’s 2014 Annual Meeting Scientific Program in New Orleans, LA. Discussed will be organic market trends and consumer preferences, and information about existing country organic equivalency agreements, critical labeling requirements, and key tools available to help producers and […]

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United States and Korea complete equivalence discussions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program on Friday announced that the United States and Korea have reached an understanding of the parameters for a possible equivalence arrangement for processed organic food products to facilitate trade between the two countries. According to U.S. industry estimates, the United States exported approximately $35 million worth of […]

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Update to EU organic regulation

Recent amendments to EU Regulations (EC) No 1235/2008 give Canadian products an unlimited time frame under the EU new compliance system. The amendments, published on June 16, are related to the arrangements for imports of organic products from third countries. Work between both jurisdictions is ongoing to expand the current equivalency arrangement and includes multi-ingredient […]

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EDC Industry Stakeholder Panel

Last week, COTA’s Matthew Holmes participated in meetings of Export Development Canada’s Industry Stakeholder Panel. EDC is Canada’s export credit agency and a key COTA partner. EDC’s Industry Stakeholder Panel brings together representatives from 18 national industry associations to share insights on Canadian trade and investment and policy. During the annual dinner, the group was joined by […]

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Obama acknowledges organic food exports during Asian visits

During his recent trip to Asia to discuss free trade agreements, President Obama highlighted the importance of U.S. organic food exports. “We still have some more work to do to fully implement the trade agreement and make sure that we’re maximizing its benefits, that our companies can compete fairly in areas like autos and IT […]

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Europe proposes stricter organic food laws

The European Commission (EC) has proposed new laws to revise the way organic foods are regulated to address shortcomings in the current system. At the heart of the new proposal to harmonize the rules on organic farming are consumer and producer concerns. According to the EC, focuses on three main objectives: maintaining consumer confidence, maintaining […]

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OTA unveils new online resources for global organic trade

OTA will launch online resources essential to the global organic import and export community and host foreign buyer meetings at Natural Products Expo West.  OTA will introduce its online U.S. Export Directory, which gives qualified global buyers direct access to U.S. organic producers. Global buyers can find U.S. producers’ profiles, products and contact information in […]

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