Korea-US Equivalency Agreement of Certified Processed Organic Products

2016-11-02 23:08
As of July 1, 2014 Equivalency Agreement allowed processed organic products certified in Korea or in the United States to be sold as organic in either country. This means the USDA Organic seal can be used provided that products meet the USDA or Korean labeling requirements. And, it is applied to processed products where final processing occurred in Korea or the U.S. and certified by an accredited certifying agency operating within their respective country/region borders.

Exclusions are found in the certified processed organic products in the use of antibiotics– apple and pear productions of US, and livestock productions of Korea.

According to USDA, products labeled as “100 percent organic,” only contain organic ingredients. “Organic” can be used to label any product that contains a minimum of 95 percent organic ingredients, and “Made with Organic ______” can be used to label a product that contains at least 70 percent organically produced ingredients.

Over the past six years, US have signed Equivalency Agreement with Canada, EU, Japan, Korea, and Switzerland, and recently in October 19, 2016, US-Mexico have announced a plan to establish Joint Organic Compliance Committee to further promote trade and strengthen the management of certified processed organic products.

US accounts for more than 45% of organic food market over worldwide and have recorded sales over $43 Trillion in 2016, which the figure increased more than $4 Trillion compared to last year.

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