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Spain grants exceptional use for neonic seed treatment on beet

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture has granted exceptional use authorisation for insecticidal seed treatments based on the neonicotinoid, clothianidin, and beta-cyfluthrin.

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House ag panel grills NRCS, FSA chiefs on CRP, other conservation programs

Signups, rental rates and other details for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) drew numerous questions from lawmakers during a hearing on implementation of 2018 Farm Bill conservation programs held by the House Agriculture Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee today (Jan. 28).

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Spain needs harmonized nutrition and health policy, government told

The Spanish Federation of Food and Drink Industries (FIAB), which represents the country's leading food and beverage industrial sector, has called on Spain’s new government presided by Pedro Sánchez to provide stability and approve new measures to help the sector develop faster.

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Florida consumer calls CBD class action 'critical' for industry's survival

A Florida consumer suing Diamond CBD for allegedly overstating the amount of cannabidiol in its products has hit back at the company’s bid to dismiss the complaint, arguing the class action is a straightforward false advertising case and “its survival is critical to the CBD industry’s development.”

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JBS signs huge meat supply deal with China’s WH Group

Global meat giants JBS and WH Group have signed a memorandum of understanding for the supply and distribution of fresh beef, poultry and pork to the Chinese market.

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Commission U-turn on honey origin labelling with promise of a review

The European Commission is to review controversial blended honey origin labelling rules in a sharp U-turn on its previous position, after 16 member states put forward a joint declaration calling for a rethink at the January 27 Agriculture Council.

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Council aims to adopt position on CAP transition in March

The Croatian Council Presidency will try to let member states agree on the second part of the CAP transition package within the next two months.

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EFSA gives safety clearance for SYHT0H2 herbicide-tolerant soybeans

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has concluded that there are no health or environmental concerns over the import of ChemChina subsidiary Syngenta and BASF’s genetically modified glufosinate- and mesotrione-tolerant SYHT0H2 soybeans (originally developed by Syngenta and Bayer).

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IDFA’s Dykes says industry must innovate, calls for bold moves ahead

With more industry consolidation likely and consumer preferences changing, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) must innovate because “we can’t afford to stand still,” said Michael Dykes, IDFA's president and CEO, who shared his vision of the industry at the Jan. 27 Dairy Forum.

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Day ahead – Jan. 28, 2020: Pesticide safety rule, ag-gag lawsuit, IDFA retirement

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) praised EPA’s proposed rule changing pesticide Application Exclusion Zone (AEZ) requirements. Meanwhile, animal rights and food safety groups secured a court win over Kansas’ “ag-gag” law and International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) regulatory expert Cary Frye announced her retirement.

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Spanish wine sales “could drop by up to 50%” because of US tariffs

Spanish wineries affected by the punitive tariffs imposed by the United States on exports of European and Spanish food and beverage products predict they could incur a drop in sales of between 35% and 50% to the US market if the tariffs stay in force for six months (until April 2020).

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Ag, ethanol groups laud court ruling on SREs

Ag and ethanol groups welcomed a decision by US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit striking down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) EPA granted under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the 2016 compliance year.

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New EU rules for faster active ingredient hazard classifications in force

New measures to speed up decisions on EU-wide hazard classifications for agrochemical active ingredients that are being renewed will be implemented in EU member states on May 13th, 2023.

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Commission U-turn on honey origin labelling with promise of a review

The European Commission is to review controversial blended honey origin labelling rules in a sharp U-turn on its previous position, after 16 member states put forward a joint declaration calling for a rethink at the January 27 Agriculture Council.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EFSA gives safety clearance for SYHT0H2 herbicide-tolerant soybeans

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has concluded that there are no health or environmental concerns over the import of ChemChina subsidiary Syngenta and BASF’s genetically modified glufosinate- and mesotrione-tolerant SYHT0H2 soybeans (originally developed by Syngenta and Bayer).

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UK food industry welcomes proposal to lower salary threshold for visas

The UK food industry association has welcomed a recommendation by the UK Migrations Advisory Committee (MAC) to reduce the minimum salary threshold for skilled workers to gain visas from £30,000 to £25,600.

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IFT lauds benefits of processed food, while beverage groups clash over advice for drinks in 2020-2025 DGA

Prompted by a growing concern about processed foods and their potential negative health impact, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) spoke in defense of those foods on Friday (Jan. 24), insisting that processing can offer benefits and should not be excluded from recommendations for balanced and healthy diets.

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Day ahead – Jan. 28, 2020: Pesticide safety rule, ag-gag lawsuit, IDFA retirement

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) praised EPA’s proposed rule changing pesticide Application Exclusion Zone (AEZ) requirements. Meanwhile, animal rights and food safety groups secured a court win over Kansas’ “ag-gag” law and International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) regulatory expert Cary Frye announced her retirement.

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Spanish wine sales “could drop by up to 50%” because of US tariffs

Spanish wineries affected by the punitive tariffs imposed by the United States on exports of European and Spanish food and beverage products predict they could incur a drop in sales of between 35% and 50% to the US market if the tariffs stay in force for six months (until April 2020).

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UK food industry sounds warning over rules of origin in future FTAs

A free trade agreement with the European Union would be “worthless” for the UK agri-food sector if it is not accompanied by a careful-crafted deal on Rules of Origin for manufactured food products, the UK’s main food industry lobby group has warned.

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