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IEG Policy's February Top 10: Food safety ‘mega trends’, Germany’s glyphosate strategy, EU COOL rules

A Walmart official’s view on the key influences in food safety, the possible beginning of the end for glyphosate use in Germany, and concerns over country-of-origin labelling in Europe were the subjects of some of the most popular articles on IEG Policy last month.

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Walmart’s Frank Yiannas identifies ‘mega trends’ for food safety professionals (Free to view) The vice-president of food safety at the world’s largest retailer has spelt out what he sees as the key influences on the world of microbiology in the years to come.

Organic farmers launch effort for add-on label after disappointing NOSB actions A group has called for new labeling on organic products that meet other “critical additional requirements” related to animal welfare and growing practices. 

Germany sets out strategy to end glyphosate use The new German government put forward a target to end the use of glyphosate in the country and plans to provide public subsidies to support the development of more environmentally-sustainable alternatives.

Is direct subsidy really the best support for Young Farmers? (Free to view) In this analysis article, former Director for Trade and Agriculture at the OECD Stefan Tangermann asks if funding would be better placed elsewhere.

European elections may delay implementation of new CAP until 2022 In this exclusive interview with IEG Policy, the chairman of the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Czeslaw Siekierski explains why implementation of new CAP rules may be delayed by two years.

EU rules on COOL may prove to be costly (Free to view) A number of food industry stakeholders have raised concerns over the European Commission’s proposals for country-of-origin labelling.

Canada unveils four options for mandatory front-of-package labels Canadian officials have called upon consumers to help them select one of four potential label designs to indicate whether a certain food item contains too much sugar, salt or fat.

USDA's McKinney expects Japan trade deal if no TPP rejoin (Free to view) The Trump Administration is likely to pursue a bilateral trade deal with Japan should the US decide against rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to the USDA’s Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Services.

Perdue offers mild reassurance on NAFTA talks at USDA meeting USDA secretary Sonny Perdue offered some words of comfort to farmers anxious about the future of the NAFTA agreement, insisting Donald Trump is a “shrewd negotiator”.

EU ban on formaldehyde in feed comes into effect end February New EU rules banning the use of formaldehyde in animal feed came into force at the end of last month.

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