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Vladimir Pekic

Vladimir Pekic is a freelance journalist who writes for both IEG Policy and IEG Vu. He has many years’ experience covering a wide range of agri-food and commodity topics across Europe and Latin America.

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Ukraine makes legislative moves to restrict palm oil

Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has passed, in the first reading, a new bill n°3871 designed to amend three Ukrainian laws by restricting the use of palm oil for food production – with a special nod to the interests of the domestic dairy industry.

Europe Ukraine

Croatian study looks at consumer exposure to fungi found on grains

Croatia’s food safety agency, the HAH, has published a 25-page study on the exposure of Croatian consumers to the effects of deoxynivalenol (DON), one of several mycotoxins produced by certain Fusarium species that frequently infect corn, wheat, oats, barley, rice, and other grains.

Europe Croatia

Dairy Price Update: SMP prices in the EU keep rising

Rising prices of dairy commodities in Europe always represent a cause of concern for the food industry, especially with the continued strengthening of skimmed milk powder (SMP), notably in France.

Dairy SMP

Retailer fined for "misleading" food labelling that claimed produce was "Made in Slovenia"

Hofer, an Austrian retailer affiliated with Germany’s supermarket Aldi Süd, has been fined for the misleading presentation of some products in its' Slovenian supermarkets. Hofer used the “Kakovost iz Slovenije” (Quality from Slovenia) label for non-Slovenian produce, according to Slovenian press reports.

Europe Austria

Grupo Calvo expands fish production in Brazil

The world's largest industrial complex for canned fish production is set to be built in southern Brazil's Itajaí municipality.

Brazil Canned Tuna

New weed species threaten Brazilian tomato

A new study has identified 105 weed species in Brazil's industrial tomato crop, as well as measuring the degree of infestation, frequency and dominance of each of these weed species.

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