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Food Safety and Standards

Food Safety & Standards

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NGOs want EU Farm to Fork strategy to tackle overconsumption of meat, dairy and eggs

Twenty NGOs called on the European Commission to address the overconsumption of meat, dairy and eggs as part of the EU’s new strategy to boost sustainable agrifood production.

EU European Agricultural Policy

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

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

EFSA launches public consultation on GM insects with engineered gene drives

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on the assessment of genetically modified insects with synthetically engineered gene drives.

European Food Law Animal Health

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

Chinese animal products face widespread import restrictions over Covid-19

As Covid-19 continues to spread in more countries, the impact between China and its trading partners is growing. According to the China Chamber of Commerce of I/E of Foodstuffs, Native Products and Animal By-Products (CFNA), a long list of countries has introduced new rules on imports of China’s agri products. These include Azerbaijan, Egypt, Pakistan, Germany, Russia, Georgia, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Cameroon, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Turkey, Armenia, Italy, India, Indonesia and Jordan.

 

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Compliance & Enforcement

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NGOs want EU Farm to Fork strategy to tackle overconsumption of meat, dairy and eggs

Twenty NGOs called on the European Commission to address the overconsumption of meat, dairy and eggs as part of the EU’s new strategy to boost sustainable agrifood production.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Mutual recognition law crucial for supplements takes effect in April

A revised EU mutual recognition regulation due to take effect in April is expected to provide a major boost for the food supplements industry.

European Food Law Compliance and Enforcement

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

Chinese animal products face widespread import restrictions over Covid-19

As Covid-19 continues to spread in more countries, the impact between China and its trading partners is growing. According to the China Chamber of Commerce of I/E of Foodstuffs, Native Products and Animal By-Products (CFNA), a long list of countries has introduced new rules on imports of China’s agri products. These include Azerbaijan, Egypt, Pakistan, Germany, Russia, Georgia, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Cameroon, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Turkey, Armenia, Italy, India, Indonesia and Jordan.

 

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.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Commission hoping for autumn ratification of EU-China GI agreement

The first trade agreement between the EU and China will hopefully be ratified by the autumn, according to a European Commission official.

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Packaging

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Estonia to include alcohol bottles in deposit scheme

The Estonian Ministry of the Environment has unveiled plans to include alcohol bottles in the country’s deposit scheme. The measure is expected to enter into force on 5 July 2020, as Tallinn aims to ensure its rules are in compliance with relevant European Union regulations.

European Food Law Estonia

Commission hoping for autumn ratification of EU-China GI agreement

The first trade agreement between the EU and China will hopefully be ratified by the autumn, according to a European Commission official.

EU European Agricultural Policy

EU Commission launches consultation on forest friendly supply chains

The European Commission is looking for the public’s input to reduce the EU’s contribution to global deforestation and forest degradation.

EU Mercosur

Commission to move on nutrient profiles and botanicals in 2020 claims law review

The European Commission will this year finally take a decision on whether to set nutrient profiles determining which foods can carry health and nutrition claims as well as on how to tackle botanical claims under its 2020 work programme.

European Food Law Food Policy

China to ban single-use plastic straws, tableware and bags

China is banning the production and sale of single-use plastic in stages, starting this year with drinking straws and, in big cities, foam plastic tableware.

European Food Law Food Policy

Pan-Europe petition to make origin labelling mandatory passes one million signatures

Italy’s farmers’group, Coldiretti, has announced that 1.1 million signatures have now been collected across Europe in support of the pan-European “Eat ORIGINal! Unmask your food” petition that appeals to the European Commission to guarantee more transparency in food labelling.

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Additives

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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.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Commission investigating if China dodging anti-dumping duties on monosodium glutamate

The European Commission is investigating Chinese exports of a monosodium glutamate (MSG) mix following a complaint that they are “circumventing” EU anti-dumping duties. 

European Food Law Additives

Dutch police arrest three people in feed fraud case

Authorities in the Netherlands have arrested three employees of a feed company after an investigation found it sold tainted products that were not fit to be fed to animals.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law
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