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Claxton, Ga. chicken plant fails again to meet FSIS Salmonella performance standards

A much-criticized poultry parts plant in Claxton, Georgia has again failed to meet USDA’s Salmonella performance standards according to new figures released by the agency on Wednesday (Feb. 20).

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Germany sets out strategy to halve food waste by 2030

The German government is seeking to curb food waste through a range of voluntary measures and funding for research into ‘intelligent packaging’ methods.

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USDA's Johansson: Uncertainties abound for US agriculture in 2019

US agriculture is facing uncertainties on several fronts as 2019 opens, creating more questions about prospects for the sector relative to acreage, farm income and more, according to USDA's top economist.

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Top officials signal lifting of Section 232 tariffs key issue for North American trade

Lifting of US Section 232 metals tariffs on Canada and Mexico is a key issue amid ongoing efforts to ratify the US-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA), top ag officials from the three North American nations said during a session at the USDA Outlook Forum.

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CAP Reform comparison 2015-20 vs 2021-27: Direct Payments

The proposed Common Agricultural Policy for 2021-27 will introduce a number of changes to the current system of direct payments. This easy-to-use table allows you to compare and contrast elements of the new CAP with the current 2015-20 policy.

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Decision setting up coordinated EU crisis response published
USDA, HHS name 20 experts for 2020 Dietary Guidelines committee
Boar's Head presses for stay on 'natural' class action
USDA maintains its FY 2019 export forecast, but ups imports
Claxton, Ga. chicken plant fails again to meet FSIS Salmonella performance standards
Top officials signal lifting of Section 232 tariffs key issue for North American trade
Commission approves Italy’s sheep milk scheme, announces higher state aid limits
USDA's Johansson: Uncertainties abound for US agriculture in 2019
Repeat exemptions for neonicotinoid use in EU could be stopped
Brazil set to move forward with WTO action over Indian sugar subsidies
Brazil now looks unlikely to raise duty on EU milk powder imports
Day ahead – February 21, 2019: Trump mulls EU auto tariffs, Lighthizer to testify on US-China trade, House vote on Trump emergency declaration
Germany sets out strategy to halve food waste by 2030
Key agriculture sectors excluded from new UK-Swiss ‘rollover’ trade deal
Wales to set minimum unit price for alcoholic drinks
California lawmakers strike against soda, introduce bills to cut soda consumption
Sugar suppliers “should be targeted” to reduce dietary intake, says research group
DOJ, groups continue war over releasing internal documents in GE salmon approval
Key European Parliament committee backs risk assessment deal
US must hold out for ‘significant’ concessions in China dispute: Report
China outlines agriculture policy priorities, including boosting soy output
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CAP reform process delayed until after European elections
UK publishes new guidance for food and ag businesses to prepare for hard Brexit
Day ahead – February 20, 2019: Trump remarks on China talks, China signals need for soybean imports, Washington government offices closed

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UK publishes new guidance for food and ag businesses to prepare for hard Brexit

The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published new guidance aimed at ensuring that the import and export trade in animals, animal products, fish, food and feed can continue in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

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Decision setting up coordinated EU crisis response published

A European Commission Decision beefing up the EU executive’s role in future food and feed safety crisis, including setting up a crisis unit and a permanent network, has been published in the Official Journal.

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Commission approves Italy’s sheep milk scheme, announces higher state aid limits

The Italian Government has claimed that the European Commission has made no objections to its planned market intervention scheme aimed at increasing milk prices for sheep farmers.

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Repeat exemptions for neonicotinoid use in EU could be stopped

The European Commission intends to propose “in the near future” measures to prevent EU member states from repeating emergency authorisations for the neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam.

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Day ahead – February 20, 2019: Trump remarks on China talks, China signals need for soybean imports, Washington government offices closed

President Donald Trump signaled he may be open to delaying a tariff hike deadline China as talks continue. Meanwhile, Chinese officials said soybean imports will be needed even with efforts to boost domestic output and US federal government offices in Washington are closed today due to a winter storm.

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USDA maintains its FY 2019 export forecast, but ups imports

US agricultural exports are still expected to come in at the same level in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 as USDA expected in November, but the agency now expects even more agricultural imports to be brought into the US.

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Brazil set to move forward with WTO action over Indian sugar subsidies

The Brazilian government has almost completed the necessary procedures in order to progress its World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute action against India’s sugar subsidy regime.

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Day ahead – February 21, 2019: Trump mulls EU auto tariffs, Lighthizer to testify on US-China trade, House vote on Trump emergency declaration

President Donald Trump said he is considering imposing tariffs on auto imports from the European Union (EU). Meanwhile, US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer is set to testify in the House next week on the US-China trade situation and the House will vote on a resolution to block President Trump's emergency declaration.

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European Commission creates special unit to respond to food crises

The European Commission has adopted a Decision this week which will allow for the creation of a “Crisis Unit” to ensure harmonised responses to incidences affecting the European food chain.

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Decision setting up coordinated EU crisis response published

A European Commission Decision beefing up the EU executive’s role in future food and feed safety crisis, including setting up a crisis unit and a permanent network, has been published in the Official Journal.

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Repeat exemptions for neonicotinoid use in EU could be stopped

The European Commission intends to propose “in the near future” measures to prevent EU member states from repeating emergency authorisations for the neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam.

Environment and Conservation Crop Inputs

Key agriculture sectors excluded from new UK-Swiss ‘rollover’ trade deal

The United Kingdom’s deal to ‘roll over’ the existing EU trade agreement with Switzerland will exclude key agricultural sectors - until and unless the UK can conclude a new permanent agreement with the EU in these areas.

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U.S. shrimp group praises new funds to increase scrutiny of foreign seafood

U.S. shrimpers are hailing the $3.1 million increase in the latest FDA budget that pumps more money into inspections of seafood imports.

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USDA, HHS name 20 experts for 2020 Dietary Guidelines committee

The 20 members of an expert committee that will shape the 2020 Dietary Guidelines were named Feb. 21, and the committee’s first public meeting will be announced in coming weeks, USDA said Thursday.

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Boar's Head presses for stay on 'natural' class action

Deli meat and cheese maker Boar's Head is urging a California federal judge to stay a lawsuit challenging its "natural" label claims, arguing it makes little sense to move forward with the litigation until FDA releases guidance on the issue.

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Day ahead – February 21, 2019: Trump mulls EU auto tariffs, Lighthizer to testify on US-China trade, House vote on Trump emergency declaration

President Donald Trump said he is considering imposing tariffs on auto imports from the European Union (EU). Meanwhile, US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer is set to testify in the House next week on the US-China trade situation and the House will vote on a resolution to block President Trump's emergency declaration.

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