IEG Policy’s June Top 10: US food safety reorganisation, new CAP proposals, WTO tariffs
Trump, Brexit, E.Coli, GMO & soda taxes all featured last month
A proposal to move US food safety programs from the FDA to the USDA took many in the food and drink sector by surprise in June, while the European Commission unveiled its plans for a new post-Brexit Common Agricultural Policy.
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- Trump proposes moving food safety programs from FDA to USDA in reorg plan (free to view) A new Federal Food Safety Agency, operating within the USDA, could be created to oversee all aspects of food safety in the United States as part of a reorganisation plan unveiled by the Office of Management and Budget.
- The new CAP: fairer and more coherent, but as complicated as ever (free to view) The new Common Agricultural Policy for the period 2021-27, as proposed by the European Commission, has a number of virtues as compared with its immediate predecessors – but the much sought-after goal of CAP simplification will remain elusive, if the policy framework is any guide.
- Hard talking on UK and EU WTO tariff quotas finally about to start Proper negotiations between the UK, EU and other World Trade Organization (WTO) members over post-Brexit tariff quotas are finally set to start in Geneva, almost nine months after London and Brussels first presented their joint approach to interested delegations.
- Gottlieb talks lettuce outbreak, FSMA, definition of milk at FDA meeting FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb revealed the agency is working on a policy to name retailers in food recalls and discussed next steps in resolving the debate over the standard of identity for milk, among other issues, at a meeting last month.
- Will the Commission’s proposals lead to a future-proof CAP? Stefan Tangermann argues that proposals for more subsidiarity and an emphasis on performance could lead to a “step change” in the post-2020 CAP, but ‘capping’ and additional support for young farmers will ultimately be counterproductive for the EU agriculture sector’s competitiveness.
- Marler says E.coli outbreak points to systems failure in LGMA, FSMA Food safety attorney Bill Marler has claimed the outbreak of E.coli in romaine lettuce in the US points to a failure in systems that were put in place to protect the public in the wake of a similar deadly outbreak in 2006.
- UK trade minister sees Brexit ‘leverage’ with EU over recognition of GIs The UK could hold off until the last minute on recognition of EU geographical indications, in the hope of exacting concessions from the EU in return.
- French GMO labelling bill for meat and dairy products approved (free to view) France’s National Assembly has approved a draft bill on agriculture that includes a requirement to start labelling meat and dairy products from animals that have been fed genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
- Soda taxes to continue expanding in the US, experts say IEG Policy speaks to industry analysts and stakeholders to assess whether measures to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks are working.
- Trump trade moves muddy outlook for US-China, NAFTA talks (free to view) New import tariffs on steel and aluminium, as well as other decisions taken by the Trump administration, have clouded the outlook for ongoing US-China and NAFTA negotiations.
In case you missed it…
IEG Policy has published new CAP comparison tables outlining the most significant changes proposed by the European Commission for the 2021-27 policy alongside the current CAP for 2015-2020, topic-by-topic.
Meanwhile, in the US, Washington law makers have been debating the new US Farm Bill. Late last month, a version of the bill passed through the Senate easily, but a different version only narrowly worked its way through the House, with votes split 213 to 211.
The stage is now set for what is likely to be a tense conference on the two versions of the bill.