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Traceability and Supply Chain

Traceability & Supply Chain

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Ombudsman finds no undue delay in EU handling of glyphosate MRL review

The European Ombudsman has rejected a complaint that the European Commission was wrong to delay a decision on a maximum residue limit (MRL) for the herbicide, glyphosate, on a specific crop until a general review of all glyphosate MRLs had been completed.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Commission sets out monitoring guidance for acrylamide in additional foods

A European Commission recommendation is advising both the food industry and member states on which products they should monitor for the presence of the naturally-occurring processing contaminant acrylamide on top of those already required under a 2017 EU regulation (2017/2158). 

European Food Law Food Policy

Russia suspends Latin American beef suppliers over ractopamine

Russia has halted imports from several South American beef suppliers, claiming that some shipments were contaminated with antibiotic residues while others had traces of the controversial feed additive, ractopamine.

Animal Health Food Safety and Standards

UK soft drinks tax brings in £251m

Provisional year-to-date receipts so far for 2019-20 (April to October 2019), for the UK’s Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) are GBP251 million (USD324 mln).

 

European Food Law Economy and Finance

CAP reform risks clashing with new EU food policy, leading AGRI MEP warns

Letting member states tailor their approach to agricultural policy could limit EU-wide progress in its new approach to sustainable food, according to German MEP Norbert Lins, the chair of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee (AGRI).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

EU court finds term “balsamico” on its own not covered by Italian PGI

The protection of the name ‘”Aceto Balsamico di Modena” does not extend to the use of the non-geographical terms of that name such as “aceto” and “balsamico”, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled today (December 4).

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Environment & Conservation

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UK parties offer starkly differing policy options as general election looms

It could be argued that, with the UK’s exit from the EU now scheduled less than two months away, the last thing British agribusiness needs at present is more uncertainty about the future course of UK agriculture policy.

Farm Policy & Programs Food Policy

Ombudsman finds no undue delay in EU handling of glyphosate MRL review

The European Ombudsman has rejected a complaint that the European Commission was wrong to delay a decision on a maximum residue limit (MRL) for the herbicide, glyphosate, on a specific crop until a general review of all glyphosate MRLs had been completed.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

European biodiversity still dropping “at catastrophic rate”, says report

Agricultural practices continue to cause a decline in biodiversity across Europe and “at a catastrophic rate”, a report published by the European Environment Agency states.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

CAP reform risks clashing with new EU food policy, leading AGRI MEP warns

Letting member states tailor their approach to agricultural policy could limit EU-wide progress in its new approach to sustainable food, according to German MEP Norbert Lins, the chair of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee (AGRI).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Environment MEPs want stronger pesticide reduction in the next CAP

Current EU policies to protect pollinators are too weak to protect biodiversity and a stronger approach is needed in agricultural policy, according to the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI).

EU European Agricultural Policy

Cargill adopts 2030 supply chain greenhouse gas reduction targets

A new goal of reducing company supply chain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% per ton of product by 2030 compared to 2017 levels, was announced by Cargill as part of its efforts to combat climate change Tuesday (Dec. 3).

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy
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Organics

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Commission allocates €200 million to promote EU agri-food products

The European Commission will fund new campaigns to help EU agri-food producers take advantage of market opportunities and raise awareness among consumers of the quality of their products.

EU European Agricultural Policy

European petition to phase out pesticides by 2035 kicks off shortly

A petition drafted by European beekeeping and environmental groups that seeks a complete ban on agrochemical use over the next 15 years is due to start collecting signatures from November 25.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Interim hemp rule in effect, Kellogg’s settles sugar suit, CAP shift proposed

USDA’s interim hemp production rule entered into force last week (October 31), establishing a nationwide regulatory framework for commercial production in time for the 2020 growing season.

Farm Bill Food Safety and Standards
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