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IEG Policy’s May Top 10: CAP budget, US counter notification at WTO, Amazon shares food safety tools

In May, the European Commission announced the CAP budget will be scaled back, the US filed the first ever World Trade Organisation counter notification against Indian wheat and rice subsidies, and a leading Amazon executive revealed some of the company’s innovative food safety strategies.

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Larger farmers to feel the squeeze as 2021-27 CAP budget scaled back (free to view) The EU’s new long-term budget plans for 2021-27 offer a clear signal that agricultural support in Europe is set for a decisive shift towards support of smaller family farms, and away from larger holdings.

US files first-ever WTO counter notification against India's wheat, rice subsidies A counter notification on India's market price support subsidies for wheat and rice was filed by the US in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agriculture Committee in early May.

Amazon exec shares safety policies, technologies at Food Safety Summit (free to view) Carletta Ooton, Amazon’s vice president for health, safety, sustainability, security and compliance, shared some innovative food safety strategies and tools that are proving effective in detecting potential hazards in food products.

Produce industry-led task force to tackle traceability, growing practices after outbreak (free to view) The recent E.coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce, which spilled over 32 states, sickened 172 people, caused one death and yet remains unresolved, has spurred industry to create a new task force that will begin identifying lessons learned and seek ways to apply them throughout the supply chain.

EU to ban plastic cutlery and straws, limit takeaway food and drink containers (free to view) A leaked draft directive showed the European Commission is planning to propose an EU-wide ban on plastic cutlery and straws as well as limits on takeaway food and drink containers.

USDA unveils much-anticipated GMO disclosure plan USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) last month released a proposed GMO disclosure rule that includes lists of foods covered by the requirements and how manufacturers can comply with the regulations.

Perdue, Sen. Roberts weigh in on farm bill, US-China trade at USDA event (free to view) A timeline for the Senate farm bill and US-China trade tensions were among the issues that surfaced during a USDA event in Manhattan, Kansas late last month.

Commission to start renegotiating TRQs ahead of BrexitThe European Commission intends to start renegotiating the EU’s schedule of commitments for tariff rate quotas with World Trade Organisation members ahead of Brexit.

EFSA clears Unilever’s black tea attention improvement claim Unilever’s claim that black tea improves attention has received the green light from the European Food Safety Authority, but based on the caffeine content alone not combined with L-theanine.

EU and Mercosur 'agree on beef volumes', but end trade round with little progressThe EU and Mercosur are reported to have reached an agreement on beef quotas while making some progress on market access for cars, yet both parties finished their latest trade talks with finger-pointing about who was blocking a final deal.

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