The Grana Padano cheese protection consortium has reported record sales in March which led to a noticeable lowering of the cheese inventory levels during that month, despite a significant drop in shipments and transactions to the hospitality sector.
The European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee (AGRI) has launched a procedure to veto some of the proposed market measures for wine, fruit and vegetables because they consider them to be insufficient.
As Denmark gradually reopened after weeks of closure due to the corona eruption, the need for hand sanitiser and other disinfectants increased. One of the important raw materials needed for disinfectant purposes is ethanol. Carlsberg has joined a larger consortium to ensure that the country has the ethanol that it needs.
The Ukrainian government has approved resolution nº341 on the state regulation of prices for goods of “significant social significance and for goods used to fight epidemics”, announced Ukraine’s state service of food safety and consumer protection SSUFSCP.
Renowned primatologist and ethologist, Dr Jane Goodall, has called for changes in the way the world treats animals, with a shift away from consumption of animal to plant-based products as a way to stave off future epidemics and halt further climate change.
The largest US union group continues to press a federal court to force the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an emergency rule to protect workers from COVID-19 and says the agency’s refusal is contrary to federal law.
While the bottom fell out on beer sales to the nightlife industry in Norway in March, retail sales helped save the turnover of several breweries. But the head of leading Norwegian microbrewery Nøgne Ø fears that the situation can lead to a series of bankruptcies.
Finland has doubled the number of seasonal farm workers from outside the EU that are allowed to enter the country.
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Germany has boosted the amount it contributes to programmes to support people in Niger in West Africa where about one third of the population faces food insecurity.
The Trump administration has hit back at a union lawsuit that seeks to compel the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an emergency rule to protect workers from COVID-19, arguing such an “extreme step” is unnecessary and counterproductive.
FDA’s recent move to allow manufacturers more labeling flexibility for minor ingredient substitutions resulting from COVID-19-related shortages has raised a wave of concern among allergy and consumer advocates who are now calling on FDA to revise the new policy.
Swedish confectionery company Cloetta no longer believes that it will be able to turn around its losses in its loose-weight sweets category before the end of 2020.
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is putting pressure on governments to boost support for farmers in developing countries as COVID continues to threaten their already fragile food systems.
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Dutch meat company Vion called on health authorities last week to roll out wider COVID-19 testing of meat workers after having to suspend slaughter operations at a plant close to the border with Germany.
MEPs have called on EU and national leaders to step up their actions to ensure the health and safety of seasonal workers across the bloc.
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