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Dutch trader fined for fraud with Fipronil eggs

An egg trader in the Netherlands has been fined EUR30,000 for a fraud involving the sale of potentially contaminated eggs.

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Geographical Indications are holding back EU-Australia trade talks

Early trade discussions between the EU and Australia are being hampered by disagreements on the protection of EU agri-food names, with cheeses and wines being the most controversial products.

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Day ahead – February 15, 2019: Trump to sign budget package, More US-China trade talks next week, Auto tariffs report headed to Trump

President Donald Trump will sign the spending package approved by the House and Senate, avoiding another government shutdown. Meanwhile, more trade talks between the US and China are on tap for next week and the US Department of Commerce is set to deliver a report on auto tariffs to Trump.

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EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (February 18-22): FAO candidate, EU-US trade talks, Food Safety Congress

Next week will see a host of activities at the European Parliament and several events taking place in Brussels and elsewhere.

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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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EU farmers complain about “loopholes” in Commission draft on low ILUC palm oil
French wine and spirits exports hit record in 2018
Dutch trader fined for fraud with Fipronil eggs
Brazil to raise basic EU milk import tariff
Day ahead – February 15, 2019: Trump to sign budget package, More US-China trade talks next week, Auto tariffs report headed to Trump
Geographical Indications are holding back EU-Australia trade talks
FDA food programs boosted $13.8 million under compromise spending bill
EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (February 18-22): FAO candidate, EU-US trade talks, Food Safety Congress
Valentine’s Day crackdown smashes Italian wine fraud network
Portugal seizes spirit drink for allegedly “abusing protected status of Tequila”
Government funding plan for USDA includes pause on ERS, NIFA changes
Court denies appeal of false advertising Ginkgo case
USDA, FDA would report plan to regulate cell-based meat plan this spring under spending bill
Holiday notice: Presidents Day
Turkish producers top quarterly food recall index
Environment MEPs demand greener CAP reform
Parliament votes by large majority to step up protection of transported animals
OIE reports global progress on antimicrobial use, improvement needed on regulatory framework
Green MEP calls for cautious approach to lab meat development in EU
EU targets palm oil for biofuel phase-out, but with exemptions
Day ahead – February 14, 2019: Trump considering postponing tariff hike deadline, Congress moves on bill to avert shutdown, USDA, FDA given deadline on cell-cultured meat
Global organic area attains a record high in 2017
Russian company moves into organic fruit, new organic law to come into force
DeLauro blasts FDA for delaying FSMA ag water standards in wake of lettuce report
FDA probe suggests poor ag water sanitation may have played a role in latest romaine outbreak

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EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (February 18-22): FAO candidate, EU-US trade talks, Food Safety Congress

Next week will see a host of activities at the European Parliament and several events taking place in Brussels and elsewhere.

EU European Agricultural Policy Budget and Financing

EU farmers complain about “loopholes” in Commission draft on low ILUC palm oil

Small-scale palm oil producers are not independent from large-scale palm oil plantations and cannot guarantee they are not responsible for deforestation, EU farmers have said.

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French wine and spirits exports hit record in 2018

French wine and spirits exports reached an all-time high in 2018 despite a sharp drop in sales to China, a national exporters group has revealed.

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Brazil to raise basic EU milk import tariff

Brazil is set to increase its basic import tariff for whole or skimmed milk powder from the EU, in order to offset the withdrawal of anti-dumping duties, Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, announced this week.
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Top US farm group says ag guest worker visa program needs reform

Reform of the H2-A guest farm worker program is necessary to better meet the needs of farmers and the workers they employ, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall wrote in a February 12 op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times.

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Government funding plan for USDA includes pause on ERS, NIFA changes

USDA proposals to move the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside the National Capital region would be put on hold and there would be more funding for several department agencies via the spending plan to keep the government operating for the rest of Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.

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USDA, FDA would report plan to regulate cell-based meat plan this spring under spending bill

Lawmakers are looking to set a tight deadline for FDA and USDA to hash out a formal strategy for joint regulation of cell-cultured meats, a move likely driven by an anxious meat industry eager to hand USDA the lead.

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Holiday notice: Presidents Day

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Portugal seizes spirit drink for allegedly “abusing protected status of Tequila”

Portugal’s food safety and economic monitoring authority (ASAE) inspected and seized 1,750 litres of a spirit for allegedly abusing the geographical indication Tequila in early February, following a complaint from the Tequila regulating council Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT).

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French wine and spirits exports hit record in 2018

French wine and spirits exports reached an all-time high in 2018 despite a sharp drop in sales to China, a national exporters group has revealed.

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Valentine’s Day crackdown smashes Italian wine fraud network

A Valentine’s Day swoop backed by the EU law enforcement agency (Europol) has brought down a gang responsible for counterfeiting the trademarks of a famous Italian winery.

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Turkish producers top quarterly food recall index

Turkish producers were responsible for a total of 82 food recalls in the final three months of 2018 – far ahead of any other country of origin, according to a company monitoring the figures.

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FDA food programs boosted $13.8 million under compromise spending bill

The new funding bill aimed at averting the latest shutdown hands FDA an additional $13.8 million for food programs and directs the agency to fund a list of priorities, including imported food inspections, standards of identity and labeling efforts, and foodborne outbreak responses.

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Court denies appeal of false advertising Ginkgo case

A federal appeals court has kept alive a false advertising class action challenging label claims that promote the cognitive benefits of Ginkgo dietary supplements.

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USDA, FDA would report plan to regulate cell-based meat plan this spring under spending bill

Lawmakers are looking to set a tight deadline for FDA and USDA to hash out a formal strategy for joint regulation of cell-cultured meats, a move likely driven by an anxious meat industry eager to hand USDA the lead.

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Holiday notice: Presidents Day

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