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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: U.S. consumer risk low from European egg scandal, USDA says

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said it has not received egg products from the Netherlands and the health risk for U.S. consumers is low in the wake of the widening European egg scandal.

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Farm groups ask for improvements in NAFTA, while Lighthizer says it needs major overhaul

Farm groups from Canada, Mexico and the United States sent a joint letter to the three governments Wednesday, urging an improved trade deal that would allow better flow between borders and eliminate non-science-based trade barriers.

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NMPF’s Mulhern fires back on Canada’s dairy stance ahead of NAFTA talks

Ahead of negotiations on the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) scheduled to begin today (Aug. 16), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has kept the spotlight on Canada’s new policies on dairy imports, an issue that the group hopes to be addressed in a revised trade deal.
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Mexican court order banning U.S. potato shipments not science based, NPC says

The National Potato Council (NPC) fired back Tuesday after a Mexican court ruled in favor of continuing a ban on U.S. potatoes in most of Mexico, saying the ruling is not science based and could have wider implications.
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Thirty-seven senators urge Perdue to focus on lifting China’s ban on U.S. poultry

With all eyes on the return of U.S. beef exports to China, 37 senators asked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to make reopening the lucrative Chinese market for U.S. chicken and turkey exports a top priority.
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UK wrestles with chlorine chicken issue as post-Brexit talks begin

Government officials from the United Kingdom and the United States will start laying the groundwork for post-Brexit free trade talks today (July 24) amid reports that British cabinet colleagues are split over the issue of chlorine-washed chicken.
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China certificates among trade issues raised at WTO’s SPS committee

U.S. authorities are still voicing concerns over China's requirement for food exporters to use official certificates, says a report from the July 13-14 meeting on the sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS) agreement.
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U.S. seeks answers from EU on hormone-free beef quota

US officials visited Brussels last week to discuss market access for US beef, which has been squeezed by changes to the way the EU manages its hormone-free import quota.

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U.S., Brazil talks result in no timeline for lifting beef import suspension

The United States will not establish a timeline for resuming Brazilian beef imports until USDA can be certain that Brazil has made progress in addressing safety issues.
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