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Traceability and Supply Chain

Traceability & Supply Chain

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Romanian government develops retail chain for fruits and vegetables

The Romanian government is introducing its own retail chain for local fruits and vegetables to improve farmers’ opportunities to sell their produce, local media have reported.

Romania European Agricultural Policy

Russia suspends pork imports from Serbia following ASF outbreak

Russia has joined the list of countries blocking pork imports from Serbia following news that African Swine Fever (ASF) has reached the Balkan country for the first time.

Animal Health Food Safety and Standards

Research into salt content of snack sparks call for compulsory front-of-pack nutrition labelling

New research which analysed 555 savoury picnic “finger foods” available from retailers, such as olives and pasties, revealed high levels of salt in one in four of the products.

European Food Law Food Policy

Norwegian industry body pushes for liberalisation of alcohol sales policy

Norwegian industry organisation Virke is pushing for Norway’s 3,000 kiosks and gas stations to get the same rights to sell beer as the country’s grocery stores. If this isn’t possible, the group is looking to lobby to move all beer sales to the country-owned Vinmonopolet liquor stores instead. 

 

European Food Law Norway

Portugal votes for plastic packaging ban on fruit, vegetables and bread

The Portuguese parliament has voted to end the distribution of plastic bags and disposable non-renewable containers for food products such as bread, fruits and vegetables in shops selling these groceries.

European Food Law Portugal

Croatian opposition leader calls for lower VAT on beverages sold by restaurants

Davor Bernardić, the chairman of Croatia’s opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP), has called on the government to decrease the value-added tax (VAT) on beverages sold by restaurants.

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Environment & Conservation

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EU palm oil imports dropped by 30%

Six weeks into the marketing year, EU imports of palm oil were down by around a third compared to last season.

EU Indonesia

Portugal votes for plastic packaging ban on fruit, vegetables and bread

The Portuguese parliament has voted to end the distribution of plastic bags and disposable non-renewable containers for food products such as bread, fruits and vegetables in shops selling these groceries.

European Food Law Portugal

Defra promises ‘no deal’ support as farming campaign group warns of widespread bankruptcies

The UK’s Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has insisted it “will not hesitate” to provide direct support for certain agriculture sectors in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, following the publication of a report claiming up to half of farms in the UK could go bankrupt under such a scenario.

Farm Incomes Brexit

UK supermarkets accelerate action to reduce plastic

UK supermarket chain Tesco has said it intends “to remove as much plastic as possible” over the coming years in a move indicative of the measures being implemented by other supermarkets in the country as they scramble to reduce non-biodegradable packaging from their businesses.

European Food Law Environment and Conservation

UK farmers push for greater self-sufficiency

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on the UK government to boost the country’s food self-sufficiency, which the organisation says currently stands at around 61%.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Brazilian citrus industry to restrict use of dimethoate after EU withdrawal notice

Brazil’s citrus sector has restricted the use of the insecticide dimethoate in production of fruit for juice and for export as fresh produce, in response to the European Union’s decision not to renew its authorisation due to risks identified in its reassessment.

Crop Inputs Compliance and Enforcement
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Organics

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Organic crop group calls for maintenance of NBT regulation in EU

There must be no attempt to exclude plants modified with new breeding techniques (NBTs) from current EU legislation on genetically modified organisms (GMO, according to an international organic farming group.

Biotechnology Farm Policy & Programs

Pesticides in Denmark do not constitute health risk, food institute reports

Danes can now safely eat the recommended 600 grams of fruit and vegetables daily without worrying about pesticide residues, according to a new report from Denmark’s National Food Institute, which has evaluated the results from the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration's pesticide control for the years 2012-2017.

European Food Law Environment and Conservation

Green groups want complete ban on agrochemicals in Europe by 2035

Environmental groups have asked the European Commission to launch a petition seeking to ban synthetic pesticides by 2035.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy
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