Arla Foods has informed its American customers that the company can no longer supply organic products.
The reason is that from Monday, the US authorities have imposed a number of production restrictions, which Danish producers will find difficult to adhere to.
The requirements demand that organic products must fulfil NOP regulations which differ from the Danish rules governing organic production in a number of respects.
One example is that cows treated with antibiotics cannot subsequently supply organic milk. According to Danish and Swedish animal welfare rules, cows suffering from mastitis can be treated with antibiotics. However, after a quarantine period the cow can continue to supply organic milk.
Sales Manager Karen Marie Nørgaard, Overseas Division, says that for the current year, the company has budgeted for sales of approx. 60 tons organic products such as Danish Blue and Havarti.
It is possible, however, that the EU and USA will reach a so-called equivalence agreement which means that the two areas’ organic regulations will be aligned.