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U.S. Reaches Deal on Beef Trade with Mainland China

23 June 2017

Washington and Beijing have reached a deal that will allow the United States to export beef and beef products to mainland China for the first time since 2003....Read More


Algeria Regulates Food Contact Materials and Articles

19 June 2017

Algeria has published an Executive Decree to regulate food contact materials and articles. The new law will become effective on June 6, 2017....Read More


Consumer Groups Sue FDA over Food Additive Rule

9 June 2017

A coalition of consumer, health and food safety groups has sued the Food and Drug Administration over an August 2016 final rule that these groups contend undermines the integrity of the U.S. food safe...Read More


Food Contact Plastics Regulation Subject to Further Amendments

2 June 2017

On 29 April 2017, Regulation 2017/52 amending and correcting Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food was published in the Official Journal of the E...Read More


U.S.-China Action Plan Will Initially Focus on Agro, Biotech, Other Issues

26 May 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump and mainland Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed at their recent high-level meeting in Florida to establish a 100-day plan on trade to, among other things, find ways to inc...Read More


Foreign Food Supplier Verification Programme Requirement to Enter into Force 30 May

26 May 2017

A Food and Drug Administration rule requiring food importers to verify that their shipments meet U.S. safety standards will start taking effect on 30 May....Read More


Hong Kong and Mainland China Again Certified to Export Shrimp to the U.S.

26 May 2017

The U.S. State Department has certified 40 trading partners, including Hong Kong and mainland China, as meeting the requirements of Section 609 of Public Law 101-162, thus allowing them to continue to...Read More


Import Restrictions Imposed on Five Shark Species

26 May 2017

The Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a final rule listing five shark species as endangered under the Endangered Species Act: the daggernose shark (Isogomphodon oxyrhynchus), Brazilian guitarfish (...Read More


Malaysia Updates Food Contact Ceramics: Limits for Cadmium Migration

19 May 2017

Malaysia has amended migration limits for cadmium in food contact ceramics to become less stringent. The new law took effect on April 15, 2017. The authorities also announced a three month grace perio...Read More


EU Strengthens Chemical Safety in Food Contact Plastics

18 May 2017

The EU has recently amended its ‘Food Contact Plastics’ Regulation. This amendment will be implemented in two phases starting May 19, 2017. In January 2011, the European Union (EU) published Regulatio...Read More


New Interagency Task Force Will Seek to Boost U.S. Agricultural Exports

12 May 2017

Boosting U.S. agricultural exports will be one of the objectives of a new interagency task force established by President Trump in a 25 April executive order....Read More


Mexico Reinstates Tariff-Rate Quota on Beans

28 April 2017

The Mexican government on 14 April announced the temporary reinstatement from 16 April through 30 November 2017 of the special tariff-rate quota that allows up to 100,000 metric tonnes of beans classi...Read More


CFDA Issues Guidelines on Food Safety Traceability

18 April 2017

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) recently issued Several Provisions on the Establishment of Food Safety Traceability System for Food Production and Operation Enterprises to efficiently do...Read More


Canada Establishes MRL of Abamectin and Teflubenzuron in Foods

13 April 2017

Maximum residue limits (MRLs) for Abamectin and Teflubenzuron proposed by the Pest Control Products Act of Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) for imported and sale of foods in Ca...Read More


Importer ID Requirement in Food Safety Programme Can be Met by DUNS Number

13 April 2017

The Food and Drug Administration has formally recognised the Data Universal Numbering System number as an acceptable unique facility identifier under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program....Read More


CFDA Issues Guideline on Health Food Filing

6 April 2017

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) recently issued a circular on matters concerning the administration of record filing for health food....Read More


Shanghai Announces Food Safety Regulations

22 March 2017

The Shanghai Food Safety Regulations recently promulgated by the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration took effect on 20 March 2017 (see details [embed link] in Chinese). Under these regulations, the ...Read More


Additional Comments Sought on Proposed Fee for Organic Products

17 March 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has extended from 20 March to 19 April the deadline for public comments on a proposal to establish an industry-funded promotion, res...Read More


Mexico Announces New TRQ for Certain Agricultural Products, Implements TRQs for Beef and Rice

17 March 2017

Mexico has established a tariff-rate quota for imports of fresh or chilled potatoes, tomatoes and onions; fresh chili; fresh apples; dried chili; and crushed or ground chili classified under HTSMX 070...Read More


Government Watchdog Calls for National Strategy to Improve Food Safety Oversight

3 March 2017

A recent report by the watchdog Government Accountability Office calls for the development of a national strategy to address fragmentation in the federal food safety oversight system....Read More

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