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The fourth round of NAFTA 2.0 talks continues near Washington and indications are things have become more contentious, in part due to a US plan on dairy trade that seeks to address several areas of Canadian dairy policy.
Food and agricultural industry groups are widely backing the Trump administration's plan to place the U.S. Codex Office under the authority of the new USDA under secretary for trade, but their comments on the move suggest they are concerned the change may be perceived as promoting trade over food safety.
US agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue has met with British MPs to discuss post-Brexit UK-US agri-food trade and reaching an agreement on Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQ) at the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The fourth round of negotiations under the NAFTA 2.0 talks are underway near Washington, DC, and figure to potentially be a pivotal session in the process of updating the 23-year-old trade deal. Here's a look at what is at stake as negotiators get down to work:
Spain’s autonomous community of Andalusia wants Madrid to defend the EU’s system of support to the food industry after being accused of olive dumping by the US. The Andalusian government maintains the accusations, by Californian companies, are “opportunistic and unjust”.
Editor’s note: Three former Codex Commission chairs are weighing in on the debate over Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s reorganization plan to move the U.S. Codex Office. While the food industry said it hopes shifting Codex duties to the trade office would raise the visibility of the important office, others say it could jeopardize its public health mission. Comments are due Oct. 7 on the proposal.
Working to block geographical indications (GIs) being pushed by the European Union in its free trade agreements (FTAs) was pegged as a top priority for U.S. agricultural trade during a Thursday (Oct. 5) Senate Finance Committee hearing to consider Gregory Doud’s nomination for chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).
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