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Trade Agreements

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Spanish government called upon to “restore balance to the food supply chain”

Spain's farmers group Unión de Uniones de Agricultores y Ganaderos has informed authorities in Spain that the real problem facing the Spanish food chain is market concentration involving players who belong to the food industry and distribution markets.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Farmers' union leader urges maintenance of high UK food standards

The UK’s food standards must be the benchmark for any future UK trade deal - and a Trade and Standards Commission should be created to ensure that food that does not meet UK regulations cannot be imported into Britain.

United Kingdom EU

Two-thirds of EU businesses don’t check suppliers’ social or environmental impact, EU study finds

An EU study that examined how corporations deal with human rights violations and environmental destruction in their supply chains has sparked calls for new “due diligence” regulations.

EU European Agricultural Policy

British, US meat groups agree to share information as US, UK talk trade deal

Two meat associations in the US and UK announced Monday (Feb. 24) an agreement to share certain information on science and policies that they say will enhance trade of meat and poultry products as the US and UK prioritize a trade deal.

US Food Policy European Food Law

Taiwan and Japan conclude mutual organic approval talks

Taiwan's Agriculture and Food Agency (AFA) has concluded organic equivalency negotiations with Japan and Australia, on February 1 and January 20, respectively.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Doud, McKinney talk up new trade deals, optimistic on upcoming negotiations

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. Confidence that the Phase One US-China trade agreement, initial US-Japan deal and US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will deliver on their promise of boosting US ag exports was voiced by US Chief Ag Negotiator Gregg Doud and USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney during a session at USDA’s 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

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Trade Disputes

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Spanish government called upon to “restore balance to the food supply chain”

Spain's farmers group Unión de Uniones de Agricultores y Ganaderos has informed authorities in Spain that the real problem facing the Spanish food chain is market concentration involving players who belong to the food industry and distribution markets.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Macron opposes CAP budget cuts, promises compensation for US tariffs

French President Emmanuel Macron has told farmers that he will safeguard an “ambitious” CAP budget and secure support for wine producers hit by US tariffs.

France EU

British, US meat groups agree to share information as US, UK talk trade deal

Two meat associations in the US and UK announced Monday (Feb. 24) an agreement to share certain information on science and policies that they say will enhance trade of meat and poultry products as the US and UK prioritize a trade deal.

US Food Policy European Food Law

Failed EU budget talks keep post-2021 CAP on uncertain path

EU agriculture ministers have been unable to agree on different parts of the proposed CAP reform without knowing how much they can spend.
EU European Agricultural Policy

EU food safety, animal-plant health regulations under scrutiny at the WTO

The European Union’s sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures were among the issues that raised the most concerns in last week’s two-day World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting to review the EU’s trade policy, officials in Geneva said.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Doud, McKinney talk up new trade deals, optimistic on upcoming negotiations

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. Confidence that the Phase One US-China trade agreement, initial US-Japan deal and US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will deliver on their promise of boosting US ag exports was voiced by US Chief Ag Negotiator Gregg Doud and USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney during a session at USDA’s 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

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Geographical Indications

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Italy’s farmers warn of Brexit threat to Italian produce

Italy’s farmers’ group Coldiretti, which recently hailed the country’s agri-food industry for successfully increasing its production volume by 3% and exports by 4% in 2019, warned against complacency at a time when the threat of a hard Brexit is looming large over the sector.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU agriculture policy diary (February 17-21): CAP transition, EU budget and trade responses

In a busy week, MEPs and Commission officials will debate a wide range of agri-food and trade policy issues while national leaders try to find common ground on the next EU budget.

EU United States

Corsican producer groups fighting plans to register seven cold cut GIs

Corsican producers of traditional cold cuts (charcuterie) are fighting plans to use the protected geographical indication (PGI) île de Beauté (island of beauty) on seven products, a fight French Socialist MEP, Eric Andrieu has taken to the European Commission.

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