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Traceability and Supply Chain

Traceability & Supply Chain

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COVID-19: Spanish retail chain partners with grocery delivery service to strengthen online service

The Spanish retailer DIA has reached a deal with the takeaway delivery company Glovo to strengthen its online channel due to its sharp rise in sales during the lockdown to stop the spread of Covid-19.

European Food Law Spain

World food prices have fallen amid COVID-19 disruptions

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven down the prices for food around the world, a UN agency reported.

International European Agricultural Policy

German and UK NGOs call on their governments to do more to prevent hunger among the vulnerable

A food watchdog in Germany has said the German government needs to guarantee that families on low incomes, those without permanent accommodation and pensioners are guaranteed a balanced and nutritious diet as the coronavirus disrupts the country’s network of support. A UK NGO has said this week that its' government also needs to act quickly to support the most vulnerable in UK society to stem widespread food insecurity.

European Food Law Traceability & Supply Chain

European Commission pledges support to farmers and fishermen amid COVID outbreak

The European Commission has today proposed a €100 billion loan package to member states, called SURE, to keep people employed and businesses running during the COVID crisis, including particular aid to fishermen and farmers.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Dual origin labelling law takes effect

An EU regulation specifying that the source of the main ingredient in a food must be stated if it differs from the origin labelled on the product itself took effect April 1.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

COVID-19: UK sees 43% rise in grocery sales in one week in March

Panic-buying shoppers spent an extra £1.9bn on supplies over a four-week period at UK supermarkets, analysts Nielsen report.

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Environment & Conservation

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Council greenlights EU-Vietnam trade deal

EU member states have given the final green light to the bloc’s trade agreement with Vietnam, which foresees tariff-free market access for agri-food products and protection for Geographical indications.

EU Vietnam

Food and Ag Policy Briefing: France looks to recruit “land army”, US reduces inspections, IHS Markit podcasts online

Lockdowns grew as COVID-19 swept through Europe and the US last week, leading French Agriculture Minister, Didier Guillaume, to appeal to “the army in the shadows” to come out and help with food production.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

EFSA seeks more views on review of guidance on agrochemicals and bees

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is conducting a third consultation of stakeholders in its review of guidance on assessing the impact of pesticides on bees. They have been asked for feedback on the proposed approach for revising tier 1 risk assessment schemes, with a focus on crop attractiveness and risk assessment methodologies.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Commission consults on collection of EU farm input statistics

The European Commission is inviting feedback on a roadmap for updating the collection of statistics on agricultural inputs, including agrochemicals.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Sustainability think tanks pick apart EU’s Farm to Fork strategy

A group of sustainability think tanks analysed the Commission’s proposal for its Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy and identified different areas where it could be improved.

EU European Agricultural Policy

EU agency seeks input on pollinator guidance for biocides

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is seeking input from industry, civil society, research bodies and any other ‘stakeholder’ to help develop new guidance on how to assess the risk to bees and other pollinators from the use of biocides.

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Organics

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Organic food “more important than locally produced food” among eco-conscious in Norway

A survey from non-profit organisation Organic Norway shows that it is more important for eco-conscious consumers that fruits and vegetables are grown organically rather than that they are produced in Norway.

European Food Law Food Policy

Organic food sales in Norway continue to increase, but growth is slowing

Sales of organic foods in Norwegian grocery stores continues to increase, but growth is lower than before. The organic share of total turnover remains unchanged at around 2 percent.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU defends its' progress on sustainable pesticide use

The European Commission is standing by its claim that the EU sustainable use of pesticides Directive (2009/128) has resulted in a “significant reduction” in risks from pesticides, but it acknowledges that “plenty more needs to be done”.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law
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