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| GE Plants and Animals | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | London | United Kingdom | 1/23/2015
The UK has a long history of progressive research in plant and animal science.  Ensuring continued investment in research, and improving the competitiveness of UK agriculture and food in global markets, is driving UK politicians to be bolder in calling for greater access to commercial applications of genetic engineering.  The back-drop of the debates on food security, climate change, and population growth has led to an increased awareness of the role that genetic enhancement can play.  The UK i...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_London_United Kingdom_12-8-2014



| China lowers tariffs on macadamia nuts and pecans in 2015 | Agricultural Situation | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 1/23/2015
The State Council Duty Committee (SCDC) released its 2015 tariff implementation plan which takes effect on January 1, 2015. This GAIN report contains an unofficial translation of the SCDC announcement, including a table on tentative import tariffs for agricultural commodities. Please visit the following website for SCDC’s official announcement for a complete list of tariff adjustments: http://gss.mof.gov.cn/zhengwuxinxi/zhengcefabu/201412/t20141216_1168256.html
China lowers tariffs on macadamia nuts and pecans in 2015_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_1-23-2015



| China adjusts requirements for wood packing materials for goods | Agricultural Situation | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 1/23/2015
On August 4, 2014, China notified to the WTO G/SPS/N/CHN/686 Notice on Adjusting Requirements of Wood Packaging Materials of Imported and Exported Goods.  The adjusted requirements are amendments to the existing regulations on quarantine treatment of wood packaging materials for import and export goods.  The proposed date of entry into force is September 1, 2014.    This report is an INFORMAL translation of this document. 
China adjusts requirements for wood packing materials for goods_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_1-23-2015



| Enter a Descriptive Report Name | Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 1/23/2015
South Africa, the largest foodservice market in Sub-Saharan Africa, has a large and highly competitive hospitality industry.  Hospitality and tourism are the fastest growing sectors in the South African economy, offering a wide range of accommodation and attracting a mix of business and holiday travelers.  And despite the impact of the recent global economic recession, the total income generated by the South African food and beverage industry increased by 11.5 percent in October 2014 compared wi...
Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_1-22-2015



| Canadian Dairy Support Price of Skim Milk Powder Drops | Dairy and Products, Policy and Program Announcements | Ottawa | Canada | 1/23/2015
The Canadian Dairy Commission issued a press release on January 15, 2015, stating that it would be reducing the support price for skim milk powder effective March 1, 2015, from 6.4754 to 6.3109 Canadian dollars per kilogram (a 16-cent or 2.47 percent drop.)
Canadian Dairy Support Price of Skim Milk Powder Drops_Ottawa_Canada_1-22-2015



| Draft Order on Meat and Poultry Products in the Indian Market | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Exporter Guide, FAIRS Subject Report | New Delhi | India | 1/23/2015
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a draft Order for domestically produced and imported meat and poultry products that notes a procedure will be developed to inspect and monitor slaughtering and processing plants before granting market access to trading partners.  It also has introduced modified text for some requirements currently included in veterinary import certificates for imported meat and poultry products.  Although not notified to the World Trade Organizat...
Draft Order on Meat and Poultry Products in the Indian Market_New Delhi_India_1-23-2015



| Draft Law on Plant Quarantine Notified to WTO | WTO Notifications, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report | Moscow | Kyrgyzstan - Republic of | 1/23/2015
On January 9, 2015, the Kyrgyz Republic notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of a draft Law on Plant Quarantine (G/SPS/N/KGZ/1).  This report contains an unofficial translation of this draft law, which would form the legal basis for regulation in the sphere of plant quarantine, define the authorities as well as rights and responsibilities of various entities in this sphere in the Kyrgyz Republic.  The draft Law shall come into force as of the date of the Kyrgyz Republic’s accession to the...
Draft Law on Plant Quarantine Notified to WTO_Moscow_Kyrgyzstan - Republic of_1-23-2015



| Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreaks in Kerala and Chandigarh | Poultry and Products, Pest/Disease Occurrences | New Delhi | India | 1/22/2015
On November 25, 2014, India reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and sent notifications through December 2014.  The outbreak was detected in a rural backyard duck farm in the Alappuzha and Kottayam districts of Kerala. On December 18, 2014, India also notified an additional HPAI outbreak at Sukhna lake in Chandigarh.  The central government issued an advisory to Kerala and Chandigarh to contain the outbreak.
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreaks in Kerala and Chandigarh_New Delhi_India_1-21-2015



| UK Supermarket Chain Profiles 2014 | Retail Foods | London | United Kingdom | 1/22/2015
This is a Market Brief providing information about the leading UK supermarket chains: Tesco, Asda/Wal-Mart, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, The Cooperative, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer's, Whole Foods Market, Aldi and Lidl. It gives an overview of the trading styles, and target customers of each retailer, as well as contact details for their head office.
Retail Foods_London_United Kingdom_12-1-2014



| 2014 | Exporter Guide | London | United Kingdom | 1/22/2015
The UK has strong social and cultural ties to the U.S., demonstrated by the similarities in consumer trends in the retail and foodservice markets. The UK presents strong market opportunities for many US consumer-orientated products, including specialty food products, “healthy” food items, wine, sauces, fruit, nuts and juices. “Health” and convenience foods are main driving forces in the UK value-added food and beverage market. Consumers in this wealthy country are looking for variety in high qu...
Exporter Guide_London_United Kingdom_12-1-2014



| UK Supermarket Chain Profiles 2014 | Retail Foods | London | United Kingdom | 1/22/2015
 This is a Market Brief providing information about the leading UK supermarket chains: Tesco, Asda/Wal-Mart, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, The Cooperative, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer's, Whole Foods Market, Aldi and Lidl. It gives an overview of the trading styles, and target customers of each retailer, as well as contact details for their head office.  
UK Supermarket Chain Profiles 2014_London_United Kingdom_12-3-2014



| UK Key Retail Outlet Profiles 2014 | Retail Foods | London | United Kingdom | 1/22/2015
This report provides brief profiles of selected convenience and specialty stores in the UK, including delicatessens, mail order services, confectionery stores, health food retailers, buying groups and franchises.
UK Key Retail Outlet Profiles 2014_London_United Kingdom_12-3-2014



| 2014 | Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional | London | United Kingdom | 1/22/2015
This report provides an overview of the UK foodservice industry and its various sub-sectors.  It describes how the slow economic recovery is impacting the industry and provides contact information for all the main groups within the industry.  Healthy food options are the hottest trend in the HRI sector which remains receptive to new American products.
Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional_London_United Kingdom_12-12-2014



| UK Wood Pellet Market | Biofuels, Wood Products, Climate Change/Global Warming/Food Security | London | United Kingdom | 1/22/2015
Through EU and UK political and regulatory policy interventions, renewable fuel (e.g. wood pellets) has been incentivized as a vehicle to help de-carbonize the energy sector.  Conversion of existing coal firing electricity plants to solid biomass fuel is the quickest and most cost-effective method for the UK to make significant renewable energy gains.  Infrastructure investment and private sector relationships have been increasing on both sides of the Atlantic to the extent that the US is now t...
UK Wood Pellet Market_London_United Kingdom_1-16-2015



| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | San Jose | Costa Rica | 1/22/2015
Updated on 12/17/2014.  Sections updated:  Section I.  Food Laws.  Appendix I.  Government Regulatory Agency Contacts.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_San Jose_Costa Rica_1-20-2015



| Spain's Reaction to the Recent EU Decision on Biotechnology | Agriculture in the News | Madrid | Spain | 1/22/2015
The European Parliament ruled that each Member State (MS) will be able to decide the use of GMOs in their territories
Spain's Reaction to the Recent EU Decision on Biotechnology_Madrid_Spain_1-21-2015



| Exporter Guide | Exporter Guide | Osaka ATO | Japan | 1/22/2015
Japan continues to represent one of the best opportunities in the world for U.S. exporters of food products. The total food and drink market in Japan is huge, valued at around $664.63 billion. In 2013, the United States exported $13.89 billion worth of agricultural and related products to Japan. There exist tremendous opportunities for U.S. exporters who are willing to follow the strict Japanese regulations and keep up with the fast-moving trends in this market.  
Exporter Guide_Osaka ATO_Japan_1-7-2015



| PS&D Update | Oilseeds and Products | Kuala Lumpur | Malaysia | 1/21/2015
Severe floods on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia last month caused production to drop 22.5 percent compared to November.  Output has now entered the seasonal down cycle, which will be exacerbated by the flood’s effect.  As result, the 2014/15 production forecast is reduced from 21.25 to 19.7 million tons in the attached updated PS&D tables.
Oilseeds and Products Update_Kuala Lumpur_Malaysia_1-16-2015



| Labelling Guidelines Revised for Pre-Packaged Food and Additives | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Snack Foods, Beverages, Retail Foods | Hanoi | Vietnam | 1/20/2015
The report provides a summary and un-official translation of Inter-Ministerial Circular 34/2014/TTLT-BYT-BNNPTNT-BCT issued by the Vietnam Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Ministry of Industry and Trade on October 27, 2014  promulgating Detailed Guidelines on Labelling of Pre-packed Food, Food Additives, and Food Processing Aids.  The Circular entered into force on December 19, 2014.
Labelling Guidelines Revised for Pre-Packaged Food and Additives _Hanoi_Vietnam_1-20-2015



| Morsels of Jordan | Agriculture in the Economy | Amman | Jordan | 1/20/2015
This report covers the monthly agricultural activities in Jordan
Morsels of Jordan _Amman_Jordan_12-3-2014



| 2014 | Exporter Guide | Bangkok | Thailand | 1/20/2015
TH4140: This guide serves as a resource for U.S. companies seeking to do business in Thailand and provides practical tips and information on local business practices, consumer preferences and trends, food standards and regulations, and import and inspection procedures.  This report also identifies opportunities and entry approaches for the three major market sectors (food retail, food service, and food processing).  Finally, this guide identifies the best high-value product prospects and key co...
Exporter Guide_Bangkok_Thailand_1-5-2015



| Annual Report 2014 | Exporter Guide | Mexico City ATO | Mexico | 1/20/2015
Exports of agricultural and related products to Mexico reached USD $18.90 billion in 2013, a reduction in 4.2% compared to 2012. Mexico is still one of the largest and fastest growing markets for U.S. agricultural products. With the geographical advantage of a long land border and a FTA that has virtually eliminated duties on all agricultural and food products, Mexico is a natural market for U.S. exporters. This report updates statistics and references from last year’s version.
Exporter Guide_Mexico City ATO_Mexico_1-16-2015



| Travails of Jordan’s Obscure Measure on Poultry Packages | Poultry and Products | Amman | Jordan | 1/20/2015
U.S. chicken leg quarters (CLQ), faces challenges since its inception, and lately it has taken a turn for the worse.
Travails of Jordan’s Obscure Measure on Poultry Packages _Amman_Jordan_1-13-2015



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Bangkok | Thailand | 1/20/2015
TH4130: This report lists certificates required by Thai government agencies for U.S. products exported to Thailand including 57 processed and unprocessed food items, other prepackaged processed food, fruit and vegetables, live animals, boneless beef, canned or preserved meat and poultry products, other processed meat products, processed or frozen seafood, hides and skins, distillers dried grains, and live animals.   Change from previous report: the export certificate required for low acid and a...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Bangkok_Thailand_12-20-2014



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Nairobi | Kenya | 1/20/2015
This report updates on the certificates that are required in order to export food and agricultural products into Kenya and complements the FAIRS Country Report. The Government of Kenya is implementing a single window for import clearance under a new agency, the Kenya Trade Network Agency (KenTrade). The system is now able to process export and import permits issued by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services and the Department of Veterinary Services. When th...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Nairobi_Kenya_12-22-2014



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Tokyo | Japan | 1/20/2015
This report lists major export certificates required by the Japanese government to export food and agricultural products to Japan.  For more information on import requirements, see Japan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Report of December 2014.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Tokyo_Japan_12-22-2014



| Grain and Feed January Update Mexico | Grain and Feed | Mexico City | Mexico | 1/20/2015
Favorable weather conditions throughout Mexico’s crop producing regions have resulted in higher production expectations in marketing year (MY) 2014/15 for corn and rice. On the other hand, less area was planted to sorghum than initially expected in several Mexican states during the 2014 spring/summer crop cycle. The Post/New MY 2014/15 (January/December) dry beans production estimated has been revised slightly downward to 1.15 MMT based on updated information from official and private sources. N...
Grain and Feed Update_Mexico City_Mexico_1-15-2015



| Grain and Feed Update - January | Grain and Feed | Seoul | Korea - Republic of | 1/20/2015
The United States won contracts totaling 60,067 MT (milled) of rice, worth $62 million, under the 2014 Minimum Market Access agreement.  The U.S. share of 15 percent of the MMA represents only half of the previous year’s share due to higher prices caused by drought conditions in California.
Grain and Feed Update - January_Seoul_Korea - Republic of_1-15-2015



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 1/20/2015
TH5003.  Export prices for most grades of rice are basically unchanged from the previous week except for fragrant rice.
Weekly Rice Price Update_Bangkok_Thailand_1-15-2015



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Quito | Ecuador | 1/19/2015
This report identifies Ecuador’s import requirements for (foreign) export certificates.  It highlights current procedures and identifies the relevant agencies with oversight on these issues.  An export certificate matrix and outline is also included.  This report serves as a supplement to FAS Quito's Food and Agricultural Import Regulation Report (FAIRS) submitted in December 2014. 
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Quito_Ecuador_12-17-2014



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Kiev | Ukraine | 1/19/2015
One new veterinary certificate was negotiated during 2014: the certificate for live fish, invertebrate and other poikilothermic aquatic animals, their fertilized eggs, sperm, larvae intended for productive cultivation, breeding and other use.  Additional information on U.S. catch certificate for seafood is provided herein.  A broad range of products are covered  in the report, which also contains certificate requirements for products that are not legally exportable to Ukraine or products for whi...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Kiev_Ukraine_12-19-2014