The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service have exchanged mutual letters of agreement on organic standards for Canadian and U.S. products which will allow Canadian organic products to be labeled as organic in the U.S., and U.S. organic products to be labeled organic in Canada, as of June 30, 2009. One caveat to this agreement, however, is that “Agricultural products derived from animals treated with antibiotics shall not be marketed as organic in the United States.” Currently, the organic standards in Canada allow for emergency use of antibiotics in dairy animals and an extended withdrawal for the milk, but meat from any dairy or beef animal that has been treated with antibiotics cannot be labeled organic.

See Organic Production Systems, General Principles and Management