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Trade Agreements

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EU to make new call for WTO panel in pork dispute with Russia

The EU will this week renew its request for the establishment of a WTO panel to assess whether Russia has complied with a ruling against its ban on EU pork and other pig products.

Trade Disputes European Agricultural Policy

Export competition and more discussed at WTO ag session

Ideas and background information were exchanged in a meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Agriculture that focused on export competition, export restrictions and market access.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Dairy, grain groups hail USMCA, but outline shortfalls

Mostly positive impacts are expected for US grain and dairy stakeholders should the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) take effect, the top groups representing both industries said in testimony before the US International Trade Commission (USITC) November 15.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

US, EU trade officials continue discussions, eye formal talks next year

Work toward an eventual US-European Union (EU) trade deal continued during a November 14 meeting between US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – November 15, 2018: High-level US-China trade talks, global economic growth concerns, slowdown in container trade

Senior Chinese and US officials are “maintaining close contact” following a phone call last week between the country's two leaders, China’s Ministry of Commerce said. Meanwhile, signs of a global economic slowdown are mounting and shipping company Maersk said the US-China trade war has weighed on the global container trade.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Grain industry has high hopes for US-China trade deal

The impact of US-China trade tensions were felt in most discussions at Global Grain Geneva this week, and participants saw some signs of a potential warming of relations between the feuding nations.

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Enviro group hits farm program payments, cites trade aid data

Data from USDA on payments made to farmers under its trade aid plan were cited by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) as further evidence that changes to the definition of "actively engaged" farmer for farm program payments are needed.

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EU to make new call for WTO panel in pork dispute with Russia

The EU will this week renew its request for the establishment of a WTO panel to assess whether Russia has complied with a ruling against its ban on EU pork and other pig products.

Trade Disputes European Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – November 19, 2018: Grassley shifts to Senate Finance, Smithfield, US ag trade aid, China barley probe

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has decided to move to chair the Senate Finance Committee in the next Congress. Meanwhile, Smithfield Foods cancelled a sale of pork under USDA's trade aid package and China launched an anti-dumping investigation into barley imported from Australia.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Export competition and more discussed at WTO ag session

Ideas and background information were exchanged in a meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Agriculture that focused on export competition, export restrictions and market access.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Russia brings back ban on transhipment of US poultry to Kazakhstan

Russia is once again blocking the movement of US chicken meat to Kazakhstan in a move that could put fresh strains on relations within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Food Safety and Standards Trade Disputes

Day ahead – November 16, 2018: Hatch on tax extenders, USDA notes pork trade impacts, Trump to visit California

Several expired tax incentives seem likely to get renewed during the lame-duck session, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Thursday. Meanwhile, USDA said hog producers continue to be impacted by tariffs from both China and Mexico, and President Donald Trump will visit California to meet with people impacted by deadly wildfires.

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Traceability and Supply Chain

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EU to make new call for WTO panel in pork dispute with Russia

The EU will this week renew its request for the establishment of a WTO panel to assess whether Russia has complied with a ruling against its ban on EU pork and other pig products.

Trade Disputes European Agricultural Policy

Russia brings back ban on transhipment of US poultry to Kazakhstan

Russia is once again blocking the movement of US chicken meat to Kazakhstan in a move that could put fresh strains on relations within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Food Safety and Standards Trade Disputes

USDA, FDA to jointly regulate cell-cultured meat

USDA and FDA have formally agreed to jointly regulate cell-based meat, and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Friday (Nov. 16) no new legislation is needed to make it work.

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Geographical Indications

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US, Philippines continue bilateral trade efforts

Continued efforts to improve bilateral trade relations between the US and the Philippines, via the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), were reaffirmed in a joint statement by officials from both nations earlier this week.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

New US trade deal with Canada and Mexico should put UK food sector on red alert

The recent conclusion of a new trade agreement between the United States and its northern and southern neighbours contains warnings for the post-Brexit United Kingdom, which is avidly seeking a new trade deal with the US.

Biotechnology Food Safety and Standards

State ag officials laud USMCA along with Canada, Mexico counterparts

Satisfaction with the successful conclusion of talks on the US-Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) and a commitment to cooperate "towards the agreement’s approval and successful implementation," was expressed by members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and their state and provincial counterparts from Mexico and Canada.

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Labelling

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USDA, FDA to jointly regulate cell-cultured meat

USDA and FDA have formally agreed to jointly regulate cell-based meat, and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Friday (Nov. 16) no new legislation is needed to make it work.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

FDA allows stakeholders more time to comment on the use of dairy terms in plant-based products

In a move welcomed by dairy producers, FDA announced on Thursday (Nov. 15) that it will extend by 60 days the time for stakeholders to comment on whether the agency should continue the practice of allowing plant-based products to bear dairy terms on their labels.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

IEG Policy’s October Top 10: FDA agenda, growth of blockchain and CAP strategic plans

The US Food and Drug Administration outlined its priority list for the coming months in October, while applications of blockchain technology in the agriculture and food supply chain are forecast to grow considerably, and EU officials and academics debated the new CAP’s strategic plans.

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