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US/EU organic trade deal

The US and the EU have signed an agreement allowing produce certified as organic in either region to be sold in the other. The pact becomes effective from June 1st. Organic standards in the two regions are mostly similar. However, differences over antibiotics mean that organic products traded under the pact cannot be treated with antibiotics. US organic regulations prohibit antibiotic use on animals but allow their use on plants to control bacterial diseases such as fireblight ( Erwinia amylovora). EU organic rules only allow antibiotic use on animals.



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