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| Food Safety Law (Draft for Public Comments) | Policy and Program Announcements | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 7/22/2014
The Chinese National People’s Congress published the Food Safety Law draft for public comments from July 1 to July 31.    The draft can be found at http://www.npc.gov.cn/npc/lfzt/spaqfxd/2014-06/30/content_1869710.htm, which also provides the on-line form for commenting.    This GAIN report provides unofficial translation of the Law.
Food Safety Law (Draft for Public Comments)_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_7-21-2014



| Negative List for Novel Foods and Ingredients | Exporter Guide | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 7/22/2014
The current Novel Foods Regulation 258/97 requires that all food and food ingredients that have not been used for human consumption in the EU before May 15, 1997 be considered a novel food or a novel food ingredient.  The broad scope of what is currently considered a novel food presents challenges for U.S. exporters in determining the legal status of specific substances or ingredients.  This report provides an overview of the current novel foods regulatory environment and uses RASFF alerts to co...
Negative List for Novel Foods and Ingredients_Brussels USEU_EU-28_7-14-2014



| Market Opportunities for Small Seed Potatoes | Potatoes and Potato Products | Managua | Nicaragua | 7/22/2014
There are opportunities for U..S. seed potato exports
Market Opportunities for Small Seed Potatoes_Managua_Nicaragua_7-17-2014



| Grain and Feed Update | Grain and Feed | Kiev | Ukraine | 7/22/2014
The summer grain harvest is advancing at full speed in Ukraine with about 50 percent of the total barley area harvested and about 40 percent of wheat. Production of major grains is expected to be quite high. Average crop yields are showing good results even though adverse weather in Central and Western Ukraine had some negative effects on the overall production. Grain exports in the new marketing year are starting off well. The Government and the industry have reached an agreement on the terms ...
Grain and Feed Update_Kiev_Ukraine_7-17-2014



| Italy Takes Over Presidency of the Council of the EU | Agriculture in the News | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 7/22/2014
On July 1, 2014 Italy took over the rotating six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Greece.  The Italian Presidency marks the beginning of a new Trio program and will be the first Presidency to interact with the newly-elected European Parliament.  This report provides an overview of the Agriculture and Environment Council agendas.
Italy Takes Over Presidency of the Council of the EU_Brussels USEU_EU-28_7-17-2014



| Grain and feed annual report | Grain and Feed | Pretoria | Zimbabwe | 7/22/2014
Zimbabwe received above average rainfall in the 2013/14 production season.  As a result, post estimates corn production to increase by 63 percent, from 800,000 tons in the 2013/14 MY to about 1.3 million tons in the 2014/15 MY.  However, corn production will still fall short of meeting the annual demand of 1.8 million tons and corn imports of about 500,000 tons will have to augment domestic production.  Post estimates Zimbabwe’s planted area under wheat in the 2014/15 MY at around 8,000 hectares...
Grain and feed annual report_Pretoria_Zimbabwe_7-17-2014



| GVN Releases Decree for Fines for Animal Health and Feed Penalties | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Hanoi | Vietnam | 7/21/2014
The report provides un-official translation of Vietnam Decree 119/2013/ND-CP, dated October 9, 2013, promulgating the Regulation on Administrative Penalty in the Field of Animal Health, Livestock Breeds, and Animal Feeds. The Decree entered into force on November 25, 2013.
GVN Releases Decree for Fines for Animal Health and Feed Penalties_Hanoi_Vietnam_7-16-2014



| Planting Seeds Annual 2014 | Planting Seeds | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 7/21/2014
China’s hybrid corn and rice seed production and acreage declined in 2013 and are forecast to continue to decline in 2014 as seed companies attempt to work through excess stocks.  Despite decreased acreage, hybrid corn and rice production are forecast to exceed demand again in 2014, leading to record ending stocks.  China’s seed imports are forecast to recover in MY 2013/14 following a 23 percent decline in My 2012/13, as excess grass and sunflower stocks have been reduced.   
Planting Seeds Annual 2014_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_7-18-2014



| Monsoon Report - 6 | Agricultural Situation | New Delhi | India | 7/21/2014
From June 1 through July 13, cumulative monsoon rains were 43% percent below normal.  In the next two weeks, more rainfall and greater monsoon coverage is crucial for kharif (fall and early harvested) crops; otherwise, yields are likely to be impacted.
Monsoon Report - 6_New Delhi_India_7-18-2014



| Enter a Descriptive Report Name | Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional | Panama City | Panama | 7/21/2014
According to major economic forecasts, Panama is expected to experience the greatest growth in the region during 2014, at an expected rate of 7.2 %, despite delays in the canal expansion project that was scheduled to be completed by 2015.  Growth for 2015 is estimated at 6.9 %.  The tourist sector continues to increase, not only with regular tourism but through the advantages offered by Panama’s location and modern infrastructure, as the perfect place to hold business meetings and regional conve...
Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional_Panama City_Panama_7-15-2014



| Annual | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 7/21/2014
The Hong Kong government (HKG) is going to launch a public consultation on a mandatory pre-market safety assessment scheme for genetically engineered (GE) food this year.  Their latest thinking is to exercise control only at import level, implying that retailers and wholesalers will not be held accountable if they are selling any food containing GE ingredients which have not be registered with the Hong Kong authority.  More details will be available when the consultation is released.  There is n...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_6-19-2014



| Brazil - Agricultural Biotechnology Report | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Brasilia | Brazil | 7/18/2014
Brazil is the second largest producer of biotech crops in the world. Post forecasts an increase of five percent in the area planted to biotech crops during the upcoming 2014/15 Brazilian crop year (Oct 2014 through Sep 2015). The increase is mostly attributed to the higher use of biotech soybeans and corn and greater availability of subsidized credit for farmers. Post has also updated other sections of the report to reflect new information from trade and government sources.
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Brasilia_Brazil_7-8-2014



| Biotechnology and other new production technologies report | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | San Jose | Costa Rica | 7/18/2014
Seeds derived from modern biotechnology have been grown in Costa Rica for multiplication purposes since 1992, with all seeds being exported to the country of origin. Groups opposed to agricultural biotechnology sued the Government in 2013 over the procedure followed to approve biotech events.  A decision from the Constitutional Court is still pending on this issue. Two political parties are supporting a bill in the Legislative Assembly intended to declare a moratorium on the “liberation and cult...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_San Jose_Costa Rica_7-16-2014



| Biotechnology Annual 2014: Genetically Engineered Crops and Transgenic Labeling | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Quito | Ecuador | 7/18/2014
Ecuador maintains anti-biotechnology laws and regulations.  Trade of genetically engineered (GE) products (i.e., soybean and soybean products, cotton, and corn) however continues.  Beginning in August 2014, Ecuador will require mandatory labeling of food and beverage products containing more than 0.9 percent transgenic content.  FAS Quito believes this could adversely affect the import of GE-content products.  Ecuador justifies its actions claiming that the measure’s objectives are to prevent an...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Quito_Ecuador_6-18-2014



| De Facto Moratorium | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Guatemala City | Guatemala | 7/18/2014
Guatemala does not allow commercialization of genetically engineered (GE) plants.  A “de facto moratorium” is in place.  Since 2006, Guatemala approved a regulation for planting GE field trials and production of seed for export purposes only.  Petitions for field trials have been granted on three occasions (two for corn and one for cotton), taking almost two years each for their approval (for events that have been in the commercial markets for more than a decade – Bt, YieldGard, and Round-up Rea...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Guatemala City_Guatemala_7-14-2014



| Annual Biotechnology Report – Romania | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Bucharest | Romania | 7/18/2014
This report is an update of the Biotechnology Annual Report 2013 providing information on the status of biotechnology in Romania. 
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Bucharest_Romania_7-11-2014



| Annual 2014 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Moscow | Russian Federation | 7/18/2014
Russia continues registration of Genetically Engineered (GE) crops for imports of food and feed in accordance with existing Russian legislature. In September 2013, the Russian Government initiated legislation for the registration of GE crops for cultivation starting July 2014. However, in June 2014 the Government delayed implementation of this legislation by three years, to 2017. Given that the registration process is estimated to take 5-6 years, cultivation of GE crop in Russia cannot be expec...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Moscow_Russian Federation_7-11-2014



| Annual Biotechnology Report – Serbia | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Belgrade | Serbia | 7/18/2014
Even after five years after adoption of the very strict Law on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) that strictly prohibits the importation, production, or commercial growing of genetically engineered crops, Serbia did not do any amendments of the current law.  Law on GMOs does not conform to European Union (EU) regulations or the World Trade Organization (WTO) Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) agreement.  In order to become EU and WTO member Serbia needs to amend the current law that would set ...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Belgrade_Serbia_7-16-2014



| 2014 Turkey Agricultural Biotechnology Annual | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Ankara | Turkey | 7/18/2014
Turkey amended the biotechnology regulation in 2014, defining "contamination" and establishing a 0.9% threshold for approved traits in their approved field of use.  The amendment is meant to reduce the liability from importing a product that contains low levels of biotech traits.  Turkey's High Court announced a decision in December 2013 to suspend two biotech approvals (MON810 and MON88017xMON810).  The court case may not conclude for some time, but products containing these traits will not be ...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Ankara_Turkey_7-15-2014



| Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update-13 | Agricultural Situation | Moscow | Russian Federation | 7/18/2014
Federal Law on Amendments to the Land Code of the Russian Federation - By the End of June 2014, Russian Farmers Bought Back 50 Percent of Wheat Sold to the Grain Intervention Fund in Fall 2013 - EU Asks WTO to Rule on Russian Pork Import Restrictions - Armenia Not Yet Ready for Eurasian Economic Union Accession - Kyrgyzstan Begins Talks with WTO Members on its EEU Accession
Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update-13_Moscow_Russian Federation_7-18-2014



| Demand for High Quality U.S. Beef Surmounts Competition and High Pri | Livestock and Products, Market Development Reports | Taipei | Taiwan | 7/18/2014
Taiwan authorities recently made claims that U.S. beef exports to the island are negatively impacted by competition from New Zealand, alluding to benefits of the recent Taiwan/New Zealand Free Trade Agreement.  However, a review of the data confirms the United States as the number one supplier of high-quality, chilled, beef to the island with trade up 26% year over year.  Still tight domestic supplies, regional demand competition, and high prices limit exports of frozen U.S. beef to the island.
Demand for High Quality U.S. Beef Surmounts Competition and High Pri_Taipei_Taiwan_7-16-2014



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 7/18/2014
TH4060 – Export prices remained unchanged.  The military government expects the inspection of the government’s rice stocks will be completed by the end of this month.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_7-10-2014



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 7/18/2014
TH4061 – Export prices increased 1 to 2 percent.  The military government plans to resume the sale of rice stocks next month.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_7-15-2014



| 2014 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Bangkok | Thailand | 7/17/2014
TH4059.  Thailand has not made any changes to its biotech marketing, production, trade, or policies, since the latest annual report.  A few topics have been slightly revised to address questions about the current situation pertaining to greenhouses and field trials requested by a few multi-national companies in Thailand. 
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Bangkok_Thailand_7-7-2014



| 2014 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Berlin | Germany | 7/16/2014
Public rejection of genetically engineered (GE) plants is widespread, there is no commercial GE crop production, the government has banned the planting of some EU-approved GE crops, and practically no foods labeled as “GMO” are sold in Germany.  Despite this, Germany is home to world-class companies that develop and supply GE seeds globally.  Germany’s livestock industry is a major consumer of imported GE soybeans for use as animal feed.  However, the industry is under steady pressure to move a...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Berlin_Germany_4-24-2014



| 2014 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Vienna | Austria | 7/16/2014
Austria continues to be one of the leading forces in Europe opposed to the use of agricultural biotechnology.  Biotechnology precautionary bills and biotech-free zones have been established in all nine of Austria’s federal states. All major political parties have enshrined anti-biotech policies. At the EU level, Austria favors proposed member-state “opt out” measures for biotech approvals, promotes the use of socio-economic criteria in the regulatory approval process, and habitually votes agains...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Vienna_Austria_6-13-2014



| Spain's Annual Agricultural Biotechnology Report 2014 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Madrid | Spain | 7/16/2014
Spain has an open approach to biotechnology and remains the EU’s Member State with the largest area planted to GE crops.  Field trials as well as confined research on GE plants and animals are permitted, although subject to prior notice and authorization.  Regulatory constraints in the EU create an unattractive investment environment for seed companies and are negatively impacting the number of field trials being carried out.  Spain’s position on cultivation decisions has evolved throughout the ...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Madrid_Spain_6-20-2014



| Bulgaria Reconfirms Safeguard Ban | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Sofia | Bulgaria | 7/16/2014
Consumers’ attitude in Bulgaria towards biotechnology remains negative. Anti-biotech media and non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) expand their alliances with new partners such as specialty crop growers and bee-keeping industry.  In May 2013 at the National Parliamentary elections and in May 2014 at the European Parliament elections, the leaders in the organic and green movement openly participated in political events as representatives of the Green Party.  The current Cabinet, appointed in M...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Sofia_Bulgaria_6-27-2014



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Madrid | Spain | 7/16/2014
This report only focuses on Spanish specific certification requirements when they differ or are additional to EU-harmonized certification.  This report should be read in conjunction with the EU-28 FAIRS Export Certificate report prepared by the FAS Office in the U.S. Mission to the European Commission (USEU).
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Madrid_Spain_5-27-2014



| Colombia maintains a steady GE corn growth | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Bogota | Colombia | 7/16/2014
Biotechnology in Colombia has continued to develop over the last year. The adoption rate of genetically engineered (GE) corn has surpassed GE cotton. The Government of Colombia (GOC) Ministry of Health and Social Protection (MHSP) continues to develop a biotechnology regulatory framework with a Technical Annex to supplement Resolution 4253 of 2011. The Technical Annex will be issued in late 2014 and will establish requirements for labeling foods derived from modern biotechnology, identification ...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Bogota_Colombia_5-29-2014



| Italy Pet Food Sector Overview 2014 | Product Brief | Rome | Italy | 7/16/2014
Italy is an interesting and lucrative market for U.S. pet food as demand continues to grow despite the economic crisis.  Leading factors for this growth include the increased importance of pets in Italian families and better marketing via large-scale outlets and specialized stores.  According to industry figures, in 2013, Italians spent €1.7 billion to feed their domestic animals, and imported €6 million in pet food from the U.S.
Italy Pet Food Sector Overview 2014_Rome_Italy_7-14-2014



| Philippine Market Opens to Multiple U.S. Fresh Vegetables | Trade Policy Monitoring | Manila | Philippines | 7/16/2014
On June 5, 2014, the Philippines formally opened its market to U.S. fresh celery, lettuce, and cruciferous vegetables (e.g. broccoli and cauliflower).  As the only country with official access to the entire Philippine market for these temperate climate vegetables (which are in limited supply domestically), U.S. suppliers are poised to take advantage of export opportunities to the booming Philippine food service and retail sectors.  Trade contacts estimate U.S. fresh vegetable export sales as a r...
Philippine Market Opens to Multiple U.S. Fresh Vegetables _Manila_Philippines_6-18-2014



| Wheat, Corn, Rice, Milled | Philippine Grain and Feed Update | Grain and Feed | Manila | Philippines | 7/16/2014
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Grain and Feed Update_Manila_Philippines_6-16-2014



| 2014 Customs Union Ag Times No. 4 | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Trade Policy Monitoring | Moscow | Russian Federation | 7/16/2014
This report contains summaries of relevant decisions and documents from the Russia-Kazakhstan-Belarus Customs Union (CU) meetings, published between May 16, 2014, and July 11, 2014, that impact CU food and agriculture policy.  Key documents included herein are the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty, the roadmap for Kyrgyz accession to the CU, a couple of decisions on import tariff changes for numerous agricultural products, which appear consistent with Russia’s WTO commitments and Eurasian Economic...
2014 Customs Union Ag Times No. 4_Moscow_Russian Federation_7-14-2014



| AMERICAN SOFTWOODS EXPLORE TRADE OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA | Wood Products | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 7/15/2014
A total of nine delegates from the American Softwoods exhibited at the 2014 WoodEX for Africa Expo, the biggest wood show in South Africa.  The American Softwoods exhibitors and products generated a lot of interest and recorded a total of 73 visitors who demonstrated keen interest to do business with the American Softwoods exhibitors by completing customer enquiry forms.
AMERICAN SOFTWOODS EXPLORE TRADE OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_7-8-2014