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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

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. 

 

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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.

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US farm lobby defends agricultural practices in discussion about UK trade deal

The head of the American Farm Bureau Federation has defended controversial agricultural practices in the US amid concerns that the UK might have to adopt them to secure a trade deal post-Brexit.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Serbia confirms ASF outbreaks, Balkan neighbours ban imports

Serbia’s Agriculture Ministry confirmed the country’s first outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) on Tuesday (August 13) after samples tested positive at the EU’s reference laboratory in Madrid.

Animal Health Traceability & Supply Chain

Australia reveals EU ambitions for GI products in future trade deal

Australia’s trade ministry has published a list of 172 food and drink products that the European Union wants to be protected as Geographical Indications (GIs) under a future trade agreement between the two markets. The list includes a variety of dairy products as well as types of olive oil, meat and spices.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Norwegian parliament to debate draft law on supply chain agreements

The Norwegian government has sent a draft grocery law to the country’s parliament for consideration.

 

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Serbia reports first suspected cases of ASF

Serbia has reported four suspected cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) among backyard pigs which - if the disease is confirmed - would likely dash the country’s hopes of exporting pork to China.

Animal Health Food Safety and Standards

Indonesia’s ban on forest clearance made permanent

Indonesia’s moratorium on new forest clearance - first introduced in 2011 and repeatedly extended - has been made permanent.

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