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Portugal votes for plastic packaging ban on fruit, vegetables and bread

The Portuguese parliament has voted to end the distribution of plastic bags and disposable non-renewable containers for food products such as bread, fruits and vegetables in shops selling these groceries.

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USDA takes action to help flooded farmers with crop insurance premium payments

Interest accrual for all unpaid spring 2019 crop insurance premiums is being delayed to provide more flexibility for producers who were impacted by flooding and extreme weather this year, USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced today (August 15).

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Russia suspends pork imports from Serbia following ASF outbreak

Russia has joined the list of countries blocking pork imports from Serbia following news that African Swine Fever (ASF) has reached the Balkan country for the first time.

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Yuma's romaine cleared of pathogenic bacteria in FDA's small cooler study

The embattled Yuma, Ariz. growing region received some good news this week as FDA reported results of a 2018 sampling assignment of romaine lettuce taken from commercial coolers that found no Salmonella and one E. coli sample that turned out not to be pathogenic.

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Defra promises ‘no deal’ support as farming campaign group warns of widespread bankruptcies

The UK’s Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has insisted it “will not hesitate” to provide direct support for certain agriculture sectors in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, following the publication of a report claiming up to half of farms in the UK could go bankrupt under such a scenario.

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Climate debate affecting Norwegian eating habits

One in six people in Norway now believe that their personal food choices affect the environment, and that less meat and food waste are the most effective measures to reduce the negative impact of food on the climate.

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Food and Ag Policy briefing: Pesticides under fire, ASF spreading, energy drinks restricted

Numerous actions to restrict and reduce agrochemical use have played out across the US over the past week.

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EU biotech policies still scorned by the US

The European Union's (EU) recent approval of several ag biotech products is a positive development, but regulatory delays and bans imposed by individual member states remain major concerns, the US said in statement at the August 15 World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting.

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California moves ahead with plan to ban chlorpyrifos

California environmental officials have taken the next step towards imposing a statewide ban on banning chlorpyrifos, sending notices on Wednesday (Aug. 13) to registrants that their product registrations will be cancelled because of concerns about the public health risks from the widely-used insecticide.

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Food and Ag Policy briefing: Pesticides under fire, ASF spreading, energy drinks restricted

Numerous actions to restrict and reduce agrochemical use have played out across the US over the past week.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

FDA see benefits from CBD, but searching for safety data

FDA sees “significant public health benefits” from hemp-derived CBD but the agency needs more data on potential risks before it can consider approving uses in foods and dietary supplements, according to the co-chair of FDA’s cannabinoid working group.

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EU biotech policies still scorned by the US

The European Union's (EU) recent approval of several ag biotech products is a positive development, but regulatory delays and bans imposed by individual member states remain major concerns, the US said in statement at the August 15 World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting.

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Research into salt content of snack sparks call for compulsory front-of-pack nutrition labelling

New research which analysed 555 savoury picnic “finger foods” available from retailers, such as olives and pasties, revealed high levels of salt in one in four of the products.

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Climate debate affecting Norwegian eating habits

One in six people in Norway now believe that their personal food choices affect the environment, and that less meat and food waste are the most effective measures to reduce the negative impact of food on the climate.

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Food and Ag Policy briefing: Pesticides under fire, ASF spreading, energy drinks restricted

Numerous actions to restrict and reduce agrochemical use have played out across the US over the past week.

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Romanian government develops retail chain for fruits and vegetables

The Romanian government is introducing its own retail chain for local fruits and vegetables to improve farmers’ opportunities to sell their produce, local media have reported.

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General Mills lays out strategy for reducing pesticide use

General Mills is scoring points for sharing plans to reduce pesticide use in its agricultural supply chain, detailing its strategies for promoting regenerative agriculture and integrated pest management (IPM) techniques as well as expanding organic production and promoting pollinator health.

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Climate debate affecting Norwegian eating habits

One in six people in Norway now believe that their personal food choices affect the environment, and that less meat and food waste are the most effective measures to reduce the negative impact of food on the climate.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Food and Ag Policy briefing: Pesticides under fire, ASF spreading, energy drinks restricted

Numerous actions to restrict and reduce agrochemical use have played out across the US over the past week.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

FDA see benefits from CBD, but searching for safety data

FDA sees “significant public health benefits” from hemp-derived CBD but the agency needs more data on potential risks before it can consider approving uses in foods and dietary supplements, according to the co-chair of FDA’s cannabinoid working group.

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