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Mutual recognition law crucial for supplements takes effect in April

A revised EU mutual recognition regulation due to take effect in April is expected to provide a major boost for the food supplements industry.

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Brashears shares plan to foster science, innovation to improve food safety

Speaking at the 96th Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Va., USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Mindy Brashears offered some details on her vision for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in 2020 and vowed to promote research and use of validated new technologies to advance food safety.

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Italian farmers’ group says CAP cuts are “unacceptable”

Italian farmers' association Confederazione Nazionale Coltivatori Diretti (Coldiretti) has warned that any proposed budget cuts to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are “unacceptable”.

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NFU urges more transparency, consultation with Congress for MFP 3

USDA should implement “meaningful changes” that boost transparency and it should further involve Congress if there is a third round of ag trade aid via the Market Facilitation Program (MFP 3), National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson urged in a Feb. 21 letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

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Perdue addresses key issue of China Phase One deal relative to US ag export forecasts

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – USDA’s updated export forecast for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 released at the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum do not account for details of Chinese purchase commitments under the Phase One US-China trade agreement, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters.

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Spanish government called upon to “restore balance to the food supply chain”

Spain's farmers group Unión de Uniones de Agricultores y Ganaderos has informed authorities in Spain that the real problem facing the Spanish food chain is market concentration involving players who belong to the food industry and distribution markets.

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UN Agriculture Chief urges caution ahead of global biodiversity talks

Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told negotiators of a future global biodiversity strategy that careful discussions are needed to decide on the scale of acceptable transformations.

EU European Agricultural Policy

NGOs want EU Farm to Fork strategy to tackle overconsumption of meat, dairy and eggs

Twenty NGOs called on the European Commission to address the overconsumption of meat, dairy and eggs as part of the EU’s new strategy to boost sustainable agrifood production.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Focus on feed, transportation in effort to keep ASF from reaching US

Feed and transportation have emerged as key pathways for the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), and efforts to prevent the disease from reaching the US continue to focus on those and other issues, panelists said during a Feb. 25 discussion hosted by the Farm Foundation.

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USDA served with lawsuit challenging poultry line speed waivers

Animal rights advocates filed suit Tuesday (Feb. 25) challenging USDA’s 2018 decision to allow poultry plants to boost line speeds by some 25%, alleging federal officials failed to follow federal law and ignored concerns about the impacts on animal welfare, worker safety, and public health.

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Day ahead – Feb. 26, 2020: Food prices, China trade, Starbucks & Beyond Meat

USDA’s latest forecast continues to see tame food price inflation in 2020. Meanwhile, the House Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing today on the US-China trade situation and Starbucks announced it will offer Beyond Meat breakfast sandwiches at 1,200 Canadian Starbucks locations.

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Focus on feed, transportation in effort to keep ASF from reaching US

Feed and transportation have emerged as key pathways for the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), and efforts to prevent the disease from reaching the US continue to focus on those and other issues, panelists said during a Feb. 25 discussion hosted by the Farm Foundation.

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USTR, USDA detail China’s progress on Phase One deal implementation

China has taken several steps toward implementation of the Phase One US-China trade deal, including steps to lift restrictions on several US products like potatoes, dairy and feed additives, according to an update released by  US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue today (Feb. 25).

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Latvian parliament passes law to hike alcohol excise tax rates

Latvia’s parliament, the Saeima, has voted to increase the country’s excise tax rates on alcohol starting on March 1st. The country’s lawmakers have decided to raise the levies by an average of 5 percent this year, and also by an average of 5 percent in 2021.

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NGOs want EU Farm to Fork strategy to tackle overconsumption of meat, dairy and eggs

Twenty NGOs called on the European Commission to address the overconsumption of meat, dairy and eggs as part of the EU’s new strategy to boost sustainable agrifood production.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Kyriakides aims for early release of Farm-to-Fork Strategy

The European Commission is “working very hard” on its Farm-to-Fork strategy and the planned publication date of May has been brought forward to the end of March, says EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides. 

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UK expands seasonal farm workers scheme to address labour shortages

The UK government will allow British farms to recruit four times more non-EU workers for the 2020 harvest.

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Farmers' union leader urges maintenance of high UK food standards

The UK’s food standards must be the benchmark for any future UK trade deal - and a Trade and Standards Commission should be created to ensure that food that does not meet UK regulations cannot be imported into Britain.

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Day ahead – Feb. 26, 2020: Food prices, China trade, Starbucks & Beyond Meat

USDA’s latest forecast continues to see tame food price inflation in 2020. Meanwhile, the House Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing today on the US-China trade situation and Starbucks announced it will offer Beyond Meat breakfast sandwiches at 1,200 Canadian Starbucks locations.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Rottenberg to leave FSIS, move to private sector

Just about a year after it welcomed Mindy Brashears as its new deputy under secretary for food safety, USDA is making another change in leadership.

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FDA warning letter to Jimmy John's cites ingredient safety failures

A series of outbreaks has caused FDA to send a warning letter to sandwich chain Jimmy John’s for failing to manage its supply chain and selling adulterated sprouts and cucumbers, the agency announced Tuesday.

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