IEG Policy's March Top 10: China food tariffs, Farm Bill fracas, one year to Brexit
March saw China retaliate against US metal tariffs by targeting US agri-food products, the passage of the Farm Bill suffer a setback in the House Ag committee, and also marked the final year of the UK’s membership of the EU.
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- China hits back at US sanctions, targets US fruit, pork and more (Free to view) China retaliated to US sanctions on steel, aluminium and other imports by targeting US agri-food products.
- Farm bill fracas continues in House with Senate action cued possibly for April The impasse between House Ag Committee leaders continues over differences relative to nutrition program proposals in the House version of the legislation, while the Senate process is potentially ready to kick off in September.
- One year to Brexit: What’s been agreed - what’s still to be settled? (Free to view) March 29 marked one year to when the UK will leave the EU. But despite the fact the clock is ticking, there is still much left to be resolved for the food and agriculture sector.
- Congress passes FY 2018 omnibus bill with FDA, USDA food policy priorities (Free to view) Several food policy directives were included in the US government’s omnibus spending bill, passed in late March.
- End of EU milk quotas three years on: Was it worth it? Chris Horseman looks at the state of the EU dairy sector three years after the supply management system was abandoned.
- Do Trump’s metal tariffs signal the end for the WTO? Or have we been here before? (Free to view) Trade policy expert Peter Ungphakorn addresses the commentators who are claiming the World Trade Organization is on its death bed as a result of the US tariffs on steel and aluminium.
- Draft NAFTA provision targets front-of-package warning labels (Free to view) Reports suggesting the Trump administration is seeking to use the NAFTA renegotiation to curb front-of-packaging labelling efforts has stirred up debate among public health advocates.
- Belgium hit by meat labelling scandal Belgium food authorities closed down a meat processing plant, and meat products were removed from supermarket shelves, after labelling errors were uncovered during an inspection of a plant in the south of the country.
- GFSI conference to highlight uses of blockchain, advances in seafood safety The use of blockchain technology by food industry giants such as Walmart was on the agenda for the annual Global Food Safety Conference in Tokyo.
- Brazil confident that latest EU audit will put its meat plants in the clear Officials in the Latin American country are optimistic that meat plants will pass the latest EU inspections with flying colours.
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