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Codex committee to discuss lead levels in food, methylmercury in seafood

Revising lead standards for wine and adding new standards for methylmercury in seafood are among a host of recommendations on the agenda for next month's Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) meeting in the Netherlands.

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EU agri-policy diary (Feb 26 – March 2): Brexit, honey and spirit drinks

Next week, ministers will be informed about the Brexit negotiations by the Commission’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier, while MEPs are set to debate and vote on the beekeeping sector and spirit drinks at the plenary meetings in Strasbourg. 

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USDA trims FY 2018 ag export forecast, raises imports

The value of US agricultural has been lowered again while USDA now expects a higher level of US agricultural imports will be coming in for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.

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EU-US bivalve mollusc trade to launch by mid-2018

The EU and US are to launch a mutual authorisation programme for exports of live bivalve molluscs, such as oysters and mussels, by the second half of this year ending trade restrictions in place since 2009.

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EU Direct Aid Payments - an overview

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.

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Danish authorities to tighten penalties on restaurants and food entities
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UK will remain in CAP until end-2020, transition paper confirms
USDA trims FY 2018 ag export forecast, raises imports
Brexit to impact bottom line for UK egg producers, possible upside for poultry
Post-2020 CAP budget will be shielded from large cuts
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UK will remain in CAP until end-2020, transition paper confirms

The United Kingdom is to remain effectively part of the Common Agricultural Policy until at least the end of 2020 – and potentially even longer than that – even though it will formally leave the bloc in March 2019.

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UK farming incomes rose by 45% last year

After dropping for three years in a row until 2016, farming incomes in the United Kingdom have gone up by almost half in 2017, according to figures published by DEFRA.

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Keeping the UK in the EEA would be best solution after Brexit – Swedish trade body

The best solution for seamless trade flows after Brexit would be for the UK to join the European Economic Area (EEA), according to a new paper by the Swedish National Board of Trade.

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EU would have "no alternatives" with UK on border control, mutual recognition

The EU would have no alternative but to implement border inspections for the trade in live animals and food when the UK leaves the bloc, a Commission document reveals. It also states that there is no existing trade model that amounts to "mutual recognition of product standards, labelling of food or food ingredients”.
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USDA trims FY 2018 ag export forecast, raises imports

The value of US agricultural has been lowered again while USDA now expects a higher level of US agricultural imports will be coming in for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.

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US financial & news review: Late rise in equities with an eye on the week ahead

US equity markets shot higher late in the session after a Fed report was released and the week ahead will have a lot of Fed influence along with a key US economic update.

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USDA's McKinney expects Japan trade deal if no TPP rejoin

There is at least now some mention of a bilateral trade deal potentially being pursued by the Trump administration, something that has been talked about very little in the wake of the administration signaling their displeasure with multilateral trade deals.

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Day ahead - February 23, 2018: USDA balance sheet details & biofuels the focus

USDA's fresh look at 2018/19 is not a lot different than the current 2017/18 outlook but does feature slightly lower carryovers for corn, soybeans and wheat. The White House has called a meeting of Cabinet officials next week on US biofuels policy, according to Reuters, while Indonesia is heading to the WTO on US biodiesel import duties.

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UK dairy industry welcomes decision not to expand regulator’s remit

The association representing the UK dairy sector has welcomed the decision by the UK Government not to included more retailers in the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).

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Nestlé executive calls for nutrient profiles to boost innovation

A top Nestlé executive has called for the European Commission to adopt the long-overdue nutrient profiles as a way to boost innovation.
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MEP cautions about new techniques not suffering same fate as GMOs

British Conservative MEP, Julie Girling, has warned the food and farming industry to take care that new innovative plant breeding techniques do not suffer the same fate as genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in being shunned due to negative public opinion.
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Danish authorities to tighten penalties on restaurants and food entities

A majority in the Danish parliament has now decided that the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration must be able to take revenues from Danish restaurants and food stores that do not change their ways after receiving fines, prosecutions and police reports.

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Support for menu labeling, updated food labels cuts across party lines: CSPI poll

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has released a new poll that suggests an overwhelming majority of consumers support menu labeling in restaurants, supermarkets and convenience stores, regardless of their party affiliation.
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FDA releases first results of large-scale sampling of fresh herbs, avocado products

FDA on Friday (Feb. 23) shared initial results from two large-scale sampling assignments focused on fresh herbs and avocado products – the latest commodities to be subjected to the agency’s new, more targeted approach to pathogen sampling of commodities.

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Day ahead - February 23, 2018: USDA balance sheet details & biofuels the focus

USDA's fresh look at 2018/19 is not a lot different than the current 2017/18 outlook but does feature slightly lower carryovers for corn, soybeans and wheat. The White House has called a meeting of Cabinet officials next week on US biofuels policy, according to Reuters, while Indonesia is heading to the WTO on US biodiesel import duties.

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Senate Democrats propose plan to revive pesticide funding bill

Senate Democrats will lift their hold on a pesticide funding bill if the legislation is amended to prevent EPA from relaxing two worker protection rules approved by the Obama administration and to compel the agency to defend its decision not to ban chlorpyrifos.

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