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Spanish MEP takes over lead on risk assessment proposal

A Spanish MEP from the same centre right European People’s Party (EPP) is to take over as lead (rapporteur) on the proposal on transparency in risk assessment in the food chain following the resignation of Renate Sommer.

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FDLI panel explores DOJ enforcement trends for FDA-regulated companies

The Department of Justice (DOJ) signaled last month a softening of enforcement under the Yates Memo, just one of the changes discussed during a Dec. 13 Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) meeting.

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Tsipras calls CAP budget cut “gift to populists and Eurosceptics”

Greece opposes the planned budget cuts for the EU’s agricultural policy after 2020 and aims to maintain the current funding for both pillars, the country’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has declared
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US Washington week ahead: Partial government shutdown looms

The House and Senate are both in session this week, though the House only meets in a pro forma session Monday and does not return until Wednesday.

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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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“Hard Brexit” will slash Irish farmers’ incomes, study finds
Dutch government slams data protection and EFSA budget hike in risk assessment proposal
Latest decision on plant patents welcomed by EuropaBio
Solutions needed to help farmers manage risk in transition towards climate-proof sustainable practices – COP24
Food law “needs to change to tackle UK poverty”
Tsipras calls CAP budget cut “gift to populists and Eurosceptics”
Day ahead – December 17, 2018: China tariffs, farmer aid and China's pork situation
Lawsuit over whole grain labeling of Kellogg’s Cheez-Its allowed to proceed
Spanish MEP takes over lead on risk assessment proposal
FDLI panel explores DOJ enforcement trends for FDA-regulated companies
US Washington week ahead: Partial government shutdown looms
US scores WTO win in dolphin-safe tuna case
WTO US trade policy review finds US farm support mostly steady
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Parliament demands suspension of EU funds to companies linked to Czech PM
EU Council agrees common stance on the transparency of scientific studies on food safety
USDA's Perdue, White House meet on farmer aid payments
Day ahead – December 14, 2018: China ag purchases, Chinese economy continues to struggle, USDA prepares food stamp rule
EFSA sticks to its guns in rejecting Symbiosis health claim
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UK will not use threat of food shortages in Ireland as Brexit leverage, May assures
Gillibrand urges FDA to mandate stores post recall notifications for shoppers
Argentina sends first fresh beef shipment to US market
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FDA finds outbreak strain in farm reservoir, narrows do-not-ship list

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WTO US trade policy review finds US farm support mostly steady

While US farm support remains at a low level relative to other developed countries, the World Trade Organization (WTO) biennial trade policy review did find some shifts in the support provided.

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“Hard Brexit” will slash Irish farmers’ incomes, study finds

A no-deal Brexit would cut Ireland’s GDP and national wages, especially for low skilled workers and farmers, and an Irish exit from the EU would only worsen this impact, new research has found.

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Dutch government slams data protection and EFSA budget hike in risk assessment proposal

The Dutch government has hit out at the Commission’s proposal to publish industry studies on submission to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as well as a massive rise in the agency’s budget, in a statement added to the general approach that the Council adopted December 17.

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Latest decision on plant patents welcomed by EuropaBio

Industry association Europabio has welcomed a decision by the European Patent Office (EPO) to abandon a new approach that would have prevented patents being granted to conventionally bred plants.

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US scores WTO win in dolphin-safe tuna case

US "dolphin-safe" tuna labeling measures do comply with WTO obligations via changes the US made to the program, according to the WTO's Appellate Body in a December 14 ruling.

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Day ahead – December 17, 2018: China tariffs, farmer aid and China's pork situation

The US is signaling when it will increase tariffs on more than $200 billion Chinese goods, holding off on taking the step January 1. Ag circles remain focused on the second installment of US farmer aid payments that were the subject of a White House meeting last week and China is expecting its pork prices will rise due to African swine fever.

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USDA's Perdue, White House meet on farmer aid payments

Another installment of trade aid payments to farmers will be the subject of a meeting at the White House today as soybean growers are pushing the administration to make the payments.

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Day ahead – December 14, 2018: China ag purchases, Chinese economy continues to struggle, USDA prepares food stamp rule

Focus remains on promised Chinese ag purchases from the US. Meanwhile, new data shows China's economy continues to struggle as the trade war with the US grinds on, and USDA is expected to release a proposed rule next week that would make it harder for states and counties to get waivers from work requirements for food stamp recipients.

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Food law “needs to change to tackle UK poverty”

Changes are needed to food legislation in the UK to ensure people have a  “right to food and nutrition” and to help tackle growing levels of poverty and environmental degradation, according to academics from the University of Bristol.

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“Hard Brexit” will slash Irish farmers’ incomes, study finds

A no-deal Brexit would cut Ireland’s GDP and national wages, especially for low skilled workers and farmers, and an Irish exit from the EU would only worsen this impact, new research has found.

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Dutch government slams data protection and EFSA budget hike in risk assessment proposal

The Dutch government has hit out at the Commission’s proposal to publish industry studies on submission to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as well as a massive rise in the agency’s budget, in a statement added to the general approach that the Council adopted December 17.

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Latest decision on plant patents welcomed by EuropaBio

Industry association Europabio has welcomed a decision by the European Patent Office (EPO) to abandon a new approach that would have prevented patents being granted to conventionally bred plants.

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Lawsuit over whole grain labeling of Kellogg’s Cheez-Its allowed to proceed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has decided not to let the Kellogg Company off the hook in a case in which consumers alleged they were misled by whole grain labeling of Kellogg’s Cheez-It crackers, because the crackers were made primarily with white flour.

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Day ahead – December 17, 2018: China tariffs, farmer aid and China's pork situation

The US is signaling when it will increase tariffs on more than $200 billion Chinese goods, holding off on taking the step January 1. Ag circles remain focused on the second installment of US farmer aid payments that were the subject of a White House meeting last week and China is expecting its pork prices will rise due to African swine fever.

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Day ahead – December 14, 2018: China ag purchases, Chinese economy continues to struggle, USDA prepares food stamp rule

Focus remains on promised Chinese ag purchases from the US. Meanwhile, new data shows China's economy continues to struggle as the trade war with the US grinds on, and USDA is expected to release a proposed rule next week that would make it harder for states and counties to get waivers from work requirements for food stamp recipients.

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Gillibrand urges FDA to mandate stores post recall notifications for shoppers

While FDA recently gave romaine lettuce producers and retailers the option to voluntarily label products by harvest location, one lawmaker says the agency should do more to protect consumers in cases of recalls.

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