Operators who want to export their products to the United States should comply with the requirements of the National Organic Program, known as NOP. NOP is the US organic regulation issued by the USDA, United States Department of Agriculture.
Third-party agents around the world certify operations to USDA organic standards and Bioagricert is one of them.
USA – EU EQUIVALENCE
In 2012 the European union and the United States Department of Agriculture signed an agreement that established the equivalence between the EU organic regulation and NOP. The agreement includes some limitations which can be synthetized as follows:
Products of acquaculture are still excluded from the EU – USA agreement.
Operators who want to export their products to the US can:
Bioagricert is able to offer operators both possibilities because it has maintained the NOP/USDA accreditation.
NOP IMPORT CERTIFICATE
From 1st June 2012, products can be exported to the US in equivalence with just a certification document called NOP IMPORT CERTIFICATE. This document includes: indications on town and state of destination, name and address of the exporter and of the importer, name of the Certification Body that issues the certificate, net weight of the goods and the total number of containers, name of the product, information on the shipping method, identification of the "final handler" and of its CB, when different from the exporter.
Labels should always comply with NOP specific requirements and categories: "100% organic", "Organic" and "Made with organic ingredients" (the category "Less than 70% organic products" is not included in the agreement).
Labels should always indicate "Certified organic by ..." followed by the name of the EU authorized CB (in compliance with EU Reg. 834/2007) and the code of the EU CB (for Bioagricert is IT BIO 007). The products of the first two categories can also report USDA Organic and/or the Organic EU logo.
After the pubblication of the EU regulation 203/2012 the EU-USA working group is assessing how organic wine can enter in the equivalence agreement. In the transition period the conditions for exporting organic wine to the US are the same laid down in the US organic regulation: "Organic", when no sulfur dioxide is added; "Made with organic grapes", if sulfur dioxide is added, with a maximum level present in the finished product of 100 parts per million.
In both cases, the absence of substances forbidden by § 205.605 of the NOP regulation should always be verified.
DOCUMENTS in English and Spanish
Operators are required to read and accept the Bioagricert Operational Manual for Certification which can be downloaded below.
The Manual describes the requirements and the procedures laid down by BAC for the certification of products from organic farming on the basis of the regulations on organic agriculture.
2015 USEFUL LINKS
Below are several links from the US extension service that provides research to producers on several topics. The first link is a general link to webinars on a variety of organic production techniques. Following that are several links specific to organic dairies.
Organic webinars: http://www.extension.org/pages/25242/webinars-by-eorganic#.VRGBZvnF98F
Organic Dairy Herd Health: http://www.extension.org/pages/64442/your-organic-dairy-herd-health-toolbox-webinar-by-eorganic#.VRGBNfnF98E
Mastitis Management on Organic Dairy Farms: http://www.extension.org/pages/68969/mastitis-management-on-your-organic-dairy#.VRGlz_nF98E
Managing Disease of Organic Dairy Herds: http://www.extension.org/pages/67227/organic-dairy-herd-health:-managing-disease-in-the-organic-herd#.VRGsaPnF98E
Reproductive Health of Organic Dairy Herds: http://www.extension.org/pages/67231/organic-dairy-herd-health:-reproductive-management-from-breeding-through-freshening#.VRGtB_nF98E