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UK exports of food and drink were worth £10.2bn in the first half of 2017, up by 8.5% on the previous year and setting a new record for the sector, the country’s food industry association reported today. Food minister George Eustice welcomed the growth and said new deals agreed with China and the Philippines will see UK pork and beef exports rise further. However, the ongoing uncertainty over the Brexit process will keep celebrations muted.
Brexit will have major implications on UK agricultural commodity markets due to significant changes to trade flows once the UK leaves the EU, under a variety of possible scenarios, a new analysis has shown.
Farm groups from Canada, Mexico and the United States sent a joint letter to the three governments Wednesday, urging an improved trade deal that would allow better flow between borders and eliminate non-science-based trade barriers.
An investigation of China's actions on technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation under Section 301 of US trade law has been launched by US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer.
Direct aid payments to EU farmers have existed since the earliest days of the CAP, but until the early 1990s they were secondary in importance to market support. Following the “MacSharry reforms” of 1992, however, the balance between the two types of support shifted decisively in favour of direct payments.
European Agriculture Policy
EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has declined to give assurance that the next CAP budget won’t be cut, when recently prompted by an MEP.
UK government position papers on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland post-Brexit has raised concerns among farmers on both sides.
US Agriculture Policy
South Korea has lifted its ban on imports of US poultry and poultry products after having imposed the ban on the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Tennessee.
Source: Baker Hughes
Financial markets: US equity markets closed lower and ended the week with losses.
European Food Law
A health food company is seeking approval under the EU novel foods regulation to market South American chia seeds in the EU on the basis that they are already “equivalent” to chia seeds grown in Australia which are already being marketed in Europe.
FoodDrinkEurope is questioning a proposed two-month delay in Member States handing over existing application files (requests) after the new novel foods regulation (NF - 2015/2283) takes effect on January 1.
A proposed requirement that traditional foods from third countries that are new to the EU undergo a risk assessment runs counter to the 2015 novel foods regulation (NF - 2015/2283) and ignores European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) guidance, according to FoodDrinkEurope Director for Food Policy, Science and R&D, Beate Kettlitz.
A draft implementing law to back up the 2015 novel foods regulation (NF - 2015/2083) that takes effect January 1 has garnered a storm of criticism because producer groups say it fails to protect business confidentiality.
US Food Policy
Environmentalists challenging FDA's approval of AquaBounty Technologies' genetically engineered salmon are urging a federal appeals court to force the agency to turn over additional documents related to its decision.
The National Advertising Division (NAD) has recommended that poultry producer Sanderson Farms stop advertising that “raised without antibiotics” claims on the labels of competing products are a marketing gimmick or trick. But NAD found the company can use statements that no chicken sold in grocery stores has antibiotics in it.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said it has not received egg products from the Netherlands and the health risk for U.S. consumers is low in the wake of the widening European egg scandal.
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