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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