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EU operation seizes 550 tonnes of illegal and counterfeit pesticides

Some 550 tonnes of illegal or counterfeit pesticides have been seized and three persons arrested in Europe this year under Operation Silver Axe IV, co-ordinated by the EU’s law enforcement agency, Europol, and the EU’s anti-fraud office, OLAF. This was the largest ever haul of such pesticides in the EU.

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House committee report on USDA-FDA spending bill dishes advice on range of food policies

Along with the funding levels in the FY 2020 USDA/FDA spending bill up for a vote in the House this week is a wish list of food policies in the House Committee on Appropriations report.

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French consumers back mandatory Nutri-Score petition, but support elsewhere lukewarm

French consumers are backing a pan-European petition to make the Nutri-Score colour-coded nutrition label mandatory EU-wide. The Dutch are giving the European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) Pronutriscore some support, but signatures in the other 26 member states are sorely lacking.

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USMCA enforcement, China tariff exclusion process hot topics at Senate hearing

Enforcement of provisions the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – especially related to labor and the environment – and details of the exclusion process for increased tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, were key topics during a Senate Finance Committee hearing today (June 18) featuring US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer.

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Trump signs executive order streamlining ag biotech approval process

An executive order streamlining agricultural biotech product approvals was signed by President Donald Trump Tuesday (June 11), drawing swift praise from ag groups who said the changes will give US farmers and ranchers better access to emerging crop and livestock technologies.

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French consumers back mandatory Nutri-Score petition, but support elsewhere lukewarm
EU operation seizes 550 tonnes of illegal and counterfeit pesticides
EU, China & others press US over ag trade aid at WTO
USMCA enforcement, China tariff exclusion process hot topics at Senate hearing
FDA gives sugar, syrup and honey an extra year to comply with NFP added sugars mandate
House committee report on USDA-FDA spending bill dishes advice on range of food policies
Hogan clashes with Council on future CAP’s environmental aspects
EU pesticide bans should apply to imports, says Andriukaitis
Norwegian energy drink Manimal triumphs in court over Monster
Day ahead – June 18, 2019: Trump admin looks at additional boosts for ethanol
EU wheat export forecast cut by 1 million tonnes
Veteran MEP attacks renationalisation of food labelling and CAP
“Get familiar with UN FAO candidates”, member states told as election nears
Hard Brexit fear leads to Prosecco spike
China backs down in fight over market economy status at WTO
Streamlined biotech rules could expedite gene-edited solution to citrus greening
RFS small refiner exemption reform bill introduced in Senate
USPS updates policy on mailing of hemp products
Advocates suggest FDA may have known about presence of PFAS in foods
Doubt cast over potential ASF vaccine by Chinese government
DeLauro, Pingree ask GAO to investigate oversight of indirect food additives
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Foreign “land-grabbing” in Romania more limited than assumed
China to open market for UK beef 'by end of year'
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EU wheat export forecast cut by 1 million tonnes

A major market consultancy has cut its forecasts for EU wheat and barley as increased competition and dry weather start causing concerns.

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EU, China & others press US over ag trade aid at WTO

Questions on whether the $16 billion ag trade aid package developed by the Trump administration will run afoul of the US' World Trade Organization (WTO) domestic support commitments will be a focus at WTO's Committee on Agriculture meeting next week, according to questions submitted by members.

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Hogan clashes with Council on future CAP’s environmental aspects

The EU’s farming chief has expressed misgivings about some member states’ views as he fears that the environmental ambition of the Commission’s CAP proposals will be watered down.

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EU pesticide bans should apply to imports, says Andriukaitis

EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis has argued that Europe should be able to restrict imports of fruit and vegetables grown using pesticides that it has banned for environmental reasons.

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Day ahead – June 18, 2019: Trump admin looks at additional boosts for ethanol

President Donald Trump has instructed EPA Administrator Wheeler and USDA Secretary Perdue to come up with more ways to boost the ethanol sector, according to reports. Meanwhile, China will suspend imports from a Canadian firm after detecting ractopamine in shipments and attention remains on moves by central banks this week.

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EU, China & others press US over ag trade aid at WTO

Questions on whether the $16 billion ag trade aid package developed by the Trump administration will run afoul of the US' World Trade Organization (WTO) domestic support commitments will be a focus at WTO's Committee on Agriculture meeting next week, according to questions submitted by members.

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EU pesticide bans should apply to imports, says Andriukaitis

EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis has argued that Europe should be able to restrict imports of fruit and vegetables grown using pesticides that it has banned for environmental reasons.

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China backs down in fight over market economy status at WTO

Suspension of a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel investigation into China's assertion that it should be treated as a market economy in antidumping investigations by the European Union (EU) was requested by Beijing and granted June 14.

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Hard Brexit fear leads to Prosecco spike

Fears of an impending hard Brexit have contributed to an 18% spike in Prosecco white wine exports to the United Kingdom in 2019, according to a recent analysis by Italy’s farmers’ group Coldiretti based in Rome.

EU pesticide bans should apply to imports, says Andriukaitis

EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis has argued that Europe should be able to restrict imports of fruit and vegetables grown using pesticides that it has banned for environmental reasons.

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Norwegian energy drink Manimal triumphs in court over Monster

A Norwegian energy drink manufacturer has won a court case against a US firm in a dispute over the visual identities of the brands.

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Veteran MEP attacks renationalisation of food labelling and CAP

A leading MEP has criticised a renationalisation of food labelling through different schemes in the individual member states, such as France’s Nutri-Score and the UK’s traffic lights.

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“Get familiar with UN FAO candidates”, member states told as election nears

The US ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has urged member states to get familiar with the three candidates taking part in the June 23 election of the next FAO Director-General.

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FDA gives sugar, syrup and honey an extra year to comply with NFP added sugars mandate

To the relief of industry, FDA on Tuesday (June 18) issued a much-anticipated final guidance that codifies the 2018 Farm Bill exemption of single-ingredient honey, sugar and maple syrup from the Nutrition Facts declaration for added sugar and extends by a year the deadline to comply with the new mandate.

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EU pesticide bans should apply to imports, says Andriukaitis

EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis has argued that Europe should be able to restrict imports of fruit and vegetables grown using pesticides that it has banned for environmental reasons.

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Streamlined biotech rules could expedite gene-edited solution to citrus greening

President Donald Trump's new executive order to streamline biotech regulations could provide a much-needed boost to scientists trying to find a solution to citrus greening disease and encourage biotech innovations in other specialty crops, a leading citrus researcher told lawmakers at a House agriculture subcommittee hearing last week.

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