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EFSA gives lactic acid rinses safety clearance for pork

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has handed down a positive opinion on the controversial use of lactic and acetic acid rinses in slaughterhouses as decontaminants on pork carcasses and cuts, concluding that treatment “does not raise any safety concern.”

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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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ADM wins EU consent to acquire French feed specialist

US firm Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has secured EU approval to buy French animal nutrition specialist Neovia in a deal worth EUR1.535 billion (USD1.78 billion).
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UK will not use threat of food shortages in Ireland as Brexit leverage, May assures

The British government will not use threats of food shortages in Ireland as a tactic to strengthen its Brexit negotiating position, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said, rebuffing the controversial suggestion made by a fellow Conservative politician.

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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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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
EU agriculture policy diary (December 17-21): Agrifish Council, and High-Level Forum Africa-Europe
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
Consumers “want tea with health benefits, ethical source”
FDA finds outbreak strain in farm reservoir, narrows do-not-ship list
EFSA gives lactic acid rinses safety clearance for pork
UK standards on composition of cheeses and creams published as deadline passes
ADM wins EU consent to acquire French feed specialist
USDA's NASS adjusting releases for several reports
New Zealand trade deal will have no impact on EU beef and sheep producers - study
Mostly positive reactions to new farm bill continue
Post-Brexit UK could allow more widespread use of pesticides and deregulation, report warns
Brazil blames EU for impeding Mercosur trade talks
Day ahead – December 13, 2018: More access for foreign companies in China, tax package, Chinese farm mechanization push
MEP De Castro says trilogue on UTPs will continue in January
Romania notifies EU of plan to ban energy drink sales to under 18s
EU progress in tackling zoonotic diseases stalls, say EU agencies
MEPs back €120 billion Horizon Europe research programme
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ADM wins EU consent to acquire French feed specialist

US firm Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has secured EU approval to buy French animal nutrition specialist Neovia in a deal worth EUR1.535 billion (USD1.78 billion).
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Parliament demands suspension of EU funds to companies linked to Czech PM

EU lawmakers have called upon the European Commission to act against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’ alleged conflict of interest by halting EU farm subsidies and other funds to his former business empire.

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EU Council agrees common stance on the transparency of scientific studies on food safety

EU ambassadors have agreed the Council position on the regulation on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risks assessment in the food chain.

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EU agriculture policy diary (December 17-21): Agrifish Council, and High-Level Forum Africa-Europe

Next week will be a relatively quiet one in preparation for the Christmas break for the EU institutions.

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Argentina sends first fresh beef shipment to US market

Argentina’s beef industry has concluded a year of recovery by sending fresh beef to the US for the first time in seventeen years.

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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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USDA's NASS adjusting releases for several reports

USDA's National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) is adjusting the release of several reports, including suspending the release of data on pollinators and considering changes to another set of estimates.

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UK standards on composition of cheeses and creams published as deadline passes

Two new industry codes of practices on the compositional standards for cheeses and creams have been launched following the revocation on 13th December of a number of UK regulations.

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EFSA sticks to its guns in rejecting Symbiosis health claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has upheld its position that a health claim for Han-Biotech’s Symbiosal® was not backed by scientific evidence in a statement published December 13.

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Consumers “want tea with health benefits, ethical source”

A UK report on developments in the tea industry has found younger generations moving away from black tea consumption in favour of “wellness” teas.

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New Zealand trade deal will have no impact on EU beef and sheep producers - study

An academic study concludes that even a full liberalisation of ruminant meat trade between the EU and New Zealand would have very minor consequences for the industry on both sides.

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FDA finds outbreak strain in farm reservoir, narrows do-not-ship list

FDA announced on Thursday a break in the romaine lettuce probe as it found a positive match in an irrigation reservoir located on a California farm. Officials also narrowed from six to only three the counties not cleared to ship romaine lettuce at this time.

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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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Brazil blames EU for impeding Mercosur trade talks

A top Brazilian official has declared that the South American bloc Mercosur is ready to close the trade agreement with the EU, but the talks have broken down again due to the unwillingness of the European Commission.

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Day ahead – December 13, 2018: More access for foreign companies in China, tax package, Chinese farm mechanization push

China said it would increase access for foreign companies to operate in its domestic market. Meanwhile, uncertainty surrounds the fate of a tax package in Congress and China continues to push forward with a farm mechanization effort.

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