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UK exports of food and drink were worth £10.2bn in the first half of 2017, up by 8.5% on the previous year and setting a new record for the sector, the country’s food industry association reported today. Food minister George Eustice welcomed the growth and said new deals agreed with China and the Philippines will see UK pork and beef exports rise further. However, the ongoing uncertainty over the Brexit process will keep celebrations muted.
The European Commission has refused an application to approve the renewal of use of a wheat pesticide, partly because it is deemed a risk to earthworms and aquatic organisms.
The UK food industry has welcomed a newly published position paper by the UK government that proposes keeping the 310-mile border between the Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland “frictionless and seamless” when the UK leaves the Customs Union. The UK also envisages an exemption for Northern Ireland’s food producers from EU sanitary and phytosanitary checks on the borderlands to the Republic.
A health food company is seeking approval under the EU novel foods regulation to market South American chia seeds in the EU on the basis that they are already “equivalent” to chia seeds grown in Australia which are already being marketed in Europe.
Two Dutch men have appeared at a closed hearing before Overijssel District Court in the Dutch city of Zwolle in relation to the contaminated egg scandal that has swept across Europe and beyond, leading to the temporary closure of several hundred farms and the recall of millions of raw eggs and products containing eggs from supermarket shelves.
A revision to Switzerland’s food safety laws will see the first insect-based foods go on sale in one of the country’s supermarkets from August 21st. In the EU, the revised novel foods regulation will come into force in five months time, potentially opening the door to more insect foods across Europe.