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| Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides in Food | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 11/24/2014
On March 20, 2014, the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission released the National Food Safety Standard - Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides in Foods (GB 2763-2014).  The standard will replace the current MRL Standard (GB 2763-2012) and will be implemented on August 1, 2014.   This report provides an unofficial translation of the Standard.     
Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides in Food_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_4-30-2014

| Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update 21 | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the News | Moscow | Russian Federation | 11/21/2014
Valentin Valenik Appointed Head of the Federal Forestry Service . . .  Russian Winter Grains Sown . . . Russia Plans to Import Fish from Iran and South African Republic . . .  Reallocation of 2014 Federal Agricultural Subsidies . . . VPSS Clarified its Temporary Phytosanitary Bans . . .  Russia Acceded to the International Fund for Agricultural Development . . .  Russia’s 2014 Grain Exports Surpass 2013 Exports  . . . VPSS Ban on Georgian Dry Fruit and Herb Imports Lifted . . . Russian Imports o...
Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update 21_Moscow_Russian Federation_11-19-2014

| First H5N8 outbreak in Europe | Poultry and Products | Berlin | Germany | 11/21/2014
Germany has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) of the subtype H5N8 in fattening turkeys in North East Germany (Mecklenburg Western Pomerania) on Nov, 5 2014. The veterinary authorities placed the infected holding immediately under restrictions.
First H5N8 outbreak in Europe_Berlin_Germany_11-19-2014

| German Industry Leaders Impressed by U.S. Sustainability Efforts | Retail Foods, Export Promotion Programs, Dairy and Products, Oilseeds and Products, Fishery Products | Berlin | Germany | 11/21/2014
FAS Berlin hosted a roundtable discussion on sustainability of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries with participants from both sides of the Atlantic at the U.S. Embassy Berlin on October 30, 2014.  Members of the U.S. Sustainability Alliance and representatives from German agriculture and food industry shared with one another what sustainability means in their respective fields.  German participants were impressed by what U.S. agriculture is already doing and demonstrated a strong interest to ...
German Industry Leaders Impressed by U.S. Sustainability Efforts_Berlin_Germany_11-6-2014

| Newcastle Disease Outbreak in Romania | Poultry and Products, Pest/Disease Occurrences | Bucharest | Romania | 11/21/2014
At the beginning of November 2014, a Newcastle Disease outbreak was confirmed on a Romanian poultry farm. Following laboratory confirmation, the Romanian Veterinary Authority applied disease control measures. The source of infection is currently unknown.
Newcastle Disease Outbreak in Romania _Bucharest_Romania_11-21-2014

| Annual 2014 | Retail Foods | Kuala Lumpur | Malaysia | 11/21/2014
Boosted by solid economic performance, and robust domestic demand, Malaysia’s retail sector is forecast to grow six percent annually.  U.S. Fresh fruit, fresh and frozen potatoes, dairy products, snack foods (including nuts), prepared grocery products, and pet food have great prospects.
Retail Foods_Kuala Lumpur_Malaysia_11-19-2014

| Caribbean Basin Exporter Guide | Exporter Guide | Miami ATO | Caribbean Basin | 11/21/2014
Over the past 11 years (2004-2013) U.S. exports to the Caribbean Island Basin of consumer-oriented products and fish products have averaged over 10 percent annual growth.  In 2014, such product exports are on target to exceed $1 billion, setting a new record in the process.  With little agricultural production of their own, Caribbean island nations rely heavily on imported food products, particularly from the United States.  This report aims to provide U.S. suppliers general information on oppor...
Exporter Guide_Miami ATO_Caribbean Basin_11-18-2014

| Cotton | November 2014 Cotton and Products Update | Cotton and Products | Ankara | Turkey | 11/21/2014
The marketing year MY 2014 Turkish cotton crop is now projected at 430,000 hectares and 700,000 metric tons (MT) (3.2 million bales).  While the production is higher, excessive rains during the picking season affected quality adversely in some parts of the GAP region where the majority of local cotton is grown.  Domestic cotton consumption increased to 1.38 million metric tons (MMT) (6.33 million bales) in MY 2013 due to an increase in demand from textile and garment exports.  Total cotton impo...
Cotton and Products Update_Ankara_Turkey_11-18-2014

| Apples, Fresh, Grapes, Table, Fresh, Pears, Fresh | 2014 Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual | Fresh Deciduous Fruit | Ankara | Turkey | 11/19/2014
Turkey’s production of all deciduous fruits were reduced in marketing year (MY) 2014 from last year due to a spring frost in late March 2014.  Apple production is down 24 percent, pears 29 percent and grapes 20 percent compared to MY 2013.  Deciduous fruit exports are eventually estimated to decrease in MY 2014.  Turkey’s industry expects Russia’s ban on the import of products from Europe to increase Turkish exports of fresh deciduous fruits, which has already increased the prices of all fruits ...
Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual_Ankara_Turkey_11-13-2014

| Coffee, Green | Production Recovery Continues as Prices Rebound | Coffee | Bogota | Colombia | 11/19/2014
Colombian coffee production in marketing year (MY) 2014/15 is expected to increase to 12.3 million bags (1 bag = 60 kilograms – unless otherwise noted), green bean equivalent (GBE).  Exports are forecast to increase to 11.3 million bags in MY2014/15.  In July2014, Starbucks opened their first store in Colombia with expectations that the popular coffee purveyor would stimulate domestic coffee consumption.  International coffee prices have rebounded since last year resulting in the Government of C...
Coffee Semi-annual_Bogota_Colombia_11-13-2014

| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Miami ATO | Trinidad and Tobago | 11/19/2014
"Section(s) Updated:  Section V, VIII, and Appendices I, II & III" While most U.S. products are fully acceptable in Trinidad and Tobago (TT), special attention needs to be given to licensing, certification, labeling and documentation for select products in order to avoid costly customs clearance delays.  U.S. suppliers should be aware that port of entry scrutiny can be intense on new-to-market players as well as new-to-market food products until a track record of compliance can be established.  ...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Miami ATO_Trinidad and Tobago_11-13-2014

| Coffee, Green | Coffee Semi-Annual | Coffee | Sao Paulo ATO | Brazil | 11/19/2014
Brazilian coffee production for 2014/15 was revised upward to 51.2 million 60-kg bags, a 1.7 million bag increase compared to previous estimate due to better than expected yields in some growing areas, but still off 3.3 million bags from the previous year.  Similarly, coffee exports were revised up marginally to 33.53 million bags, but remain 600,000 below the previous year.  Carry-over stocks are projected at 6.98 million bags.
Coffee Semi-annual_Sao Paulo ATO_Brazil_11-14-2014

| Mexico Declares Itself Free of Mediterranean Fruit Fly | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Mexico | Mexico | 11/18/2014
Report Highlights: The Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture (SAGARPA) published in the Diario Oficial (Federal Register), on October 30, 2014 an announcement declaring Mexico as free of the Mediterranean fruit fly.
Mexico Declares Itself Free of Mediterranean Fruit Fly_Mexico_Mexico_11-14-2014

| Coffee, Green | Coffee Semiannual Update | Coffee | Jakarta | Indonesia | 11/18/2014
Growing coffee consumption in Indonesia is transforming Indonesia’s coffee trade. Industry sources estimate that local consumption growth ( six to eight percent) is outpacing production growth (two or three percent). Given the reported growth of local coffee consumption, Post revises 2013/14 domestic use to 2.83 million bags (GBE) and 2014/15 domestic use to 2.9 million bags. 2014/15 Arabica production is revised down 100,000 bags to 1.45 million bags, following reports of drier weather in nort...
Coffee Semi-annual_Jakarta_Indonesia_11-12-2014

| Draft National Standard for Organic Production Announced | Agricultural Situation, Special Certification - Organic/Kosher/Halal, Agriculture in the News | Moscow ATO | Russian Federation | 11/17/2014
In July 2014, the Russian State Duma Committee announced the start of public comments and expert evaluations of a draft version of National Standard (GOST) “Regulations of Organic Production” which lasted until September 15, 2014. The GOST is prepared in accordance with the Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 of June 28, 2007, and describes the requirements for organic production and labelling. The GOST includes specific lists of fertilizes, plant protection products and agricultural chemicals w...
Draft National Standard for Organic Production Announced_Moscow ATO_Russian Federation_11-13-2014

| Russian Far East Ag Policy and Situation Update | Agriculture in the News, Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the Economy | Vladivostok | Russian Federation | 11/17/2014
Primorye Governor to Discuss Creation of Fishery Cluster with President Putin…  Russian Federal Fishing Agency to Understand Tricks of Railway Transportation of Far Eastern Fish… Russian Embargo to Hit Primorye… Primorye Producers of Crab Sticks In No Hurry to Use Russian Raw Materials… Primorye Department of Agriculture Plans to Increase the Share of Domestic Production of Vegetables up to 80%... Businessmen from Korea Plan to Develop Agricultural Sector in Primorye… Port Zarubino in Primorye t...
Russian Far East Ag Policy and Situation Update_Vladivostok_Russian Federation_11-14-2014

| Draft Law of Organic Production Announced | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the News, Special Certification - Organic/Kosher/Halal | Moscow ATO | Russian Federation | 11/17/2014
The Russian government continues to work on legislation for organic products.  On November 6, 2014, the last updated version of the Federal Law "On Production of Organic Products” was published on the official website for public comments until November 21, 2014.  The final law is anticipated to come into force in 2015. The main difference from the previous draft was a new paragraph on the basic principles and legal regulations for organic products which includes voluntary certification, uniformi...
Draft Law of Organic Production Announced_Moscow ATO_Russian Federation_11-14-2014

| Fast Food Sector Keeps Expanding As Economy Cools | Agriculture in the News, Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the Economy | Moscow ATO | Russian Federation | 11/17/2014
The fast food sector in Russia has grown sharply in recent years as consumers having seen nearly 30 percent current value growth in 2013.  Russian consumers demand well-known, affordable, and consistent quality standards provided by chained restaurants.  Approximately100 fast food operators manage almost 3,800 chain restaurants in Russia.  Today fast food is the most popular segment for young and middle-aged Russian consumers. Research has shown that more than 54 percent of fast food restaurants...
Fast Food Sector Keeps Expanding As Economy Cools_Moscow ATO_Russian Federation_11-13-2014

| Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth - Next Steps | National Plan, Agricultural Situation, Trade Policy Monitoring | Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | 11/17/2014
In June 2014, African leaders met in Malabo where they, among other actions, adopted the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods.  This Declaration is framed around a half dozen key commitments to transform agriculture across the continent over the next decade.  The roadmap to turn the Declaration commitments into actions will be discussed at a stakeholder validation meeting on November 17-18.  The plan will later be presented t...
Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth - Next Steps _Addis Ababa_Ethiopia_11-13-2014

| Turkish Grain Board Offers 2 Million Tons of Wheat | Grain and Feed | Ankara | Turkey | 11/17/2014
On Friday, October 31, 2014 the Turkish Grain Board (TMO) announced that they would make 2 million metric tons of wheat stocks available for domestic purchase.  The results of these requests indicate that only 10 percent of the 2 MMT was requested by Turkish wheat millers, bulgur and biscuit producers.
Turkish Grain Board Offers 2 Million Tons of Wheat_Ankara_Turkey_11-12-2014

| AUC’s Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture Strategic Plan | Trade Policy Monitoring, Agricultural Situation, Climate Change/Global Warming/Food Security, National Plan | Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | 11/17/2014
In early November 2014, the Department of Rural Economy & Agriculture (DREA), under the African Union Commission (AUC), published on its website the Department’s Strategic and Operational Plan for 2014-17.  This report provides a brief summary of this plan.  
AUC’s Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture Strategic Plan_Addis Ababa_Ethiopia_11-14-2014

| Coffee, Green | Coffee | Coffee | New Delhi | India | 11/17/2014
India’s 2014/15 coffee crop (Oct/Sep) is forecast at 5.1 million 60 kg bags, marginally higher than the revised MY 2013/14 estimate. The forecast Robusta crop increase should offset the decline in Arabica yields caused by pest pressure and the smaller ‘off’ year crop.  Lower export estimates coupled with rising imports have raised stock levels in MY 2013/14 and 2014/15.  
Coffee Semi-annual_New Delhi_India_11-12-2014