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| Tel Aviv Tid Bits | Agriculture in the News | Tel Aviv | Israel | 5/5/2015
The following developments in Israel's Agriculture and Food Sectors are summarized in this report: EU-Israel "Twinning" Project to Strengthen Israeli Veterinary Diagnostic Capacities The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture to Begin Regulating Feed Additives Winter Storms Wreak Damage Israeli Farmers’ Association Seeking Compensation
Tel Aviv Tid Bits_Tel Aviv_Israel_5-4-2015



| Peru Approves Technical Parameters for Food Labeling | Trade Policy Monitoring | Lima | Peru | 5/5/2015
Peru approved Supreme Decree 007-2015-SA, establishing technical parameters for labeling sugar, salt and saturated fats of food and non-alcoholic beverages.  This Decree will not be enforced until the Implementing Regulation of Law 30021 (Law that Promotes Healthy Eating of Children and Adolescents) is approved.
Peru Approves Technical Parameters for Food Labeling_Lima_Peru_4-20-2015



| Pesticide Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) Legislation in Thailand | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Bangkok | Thailand | 5/5/2015
The report is the pesticide maximum residue limit (MRL) legislation in Thailand. The list of banned pesticides is also updated as of April 30, 2015.
Pesticide Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) Legislation in Thailand_Bangkok_Thailand_5-4-2015



| Likely Compromise on Restrictive GE Labeling Requirements | Biotechnology - GE Plants and Animals, Grain and Feed, Oilseeds and Products | Taipei | Taiwan | 5/5/2015
Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) held “expert meetings” with stakeholders to discuss proposed GE labeling requirements.  The most significant development from these meetings was a compromise to limit the scope of the GE labeling requirement to those products directly derived from GE raw material (i.e. soy oil, corn starch) with secondary product (i.e. soda containing corn syrup) exempt.  In addition, draft labeling implementation timeline will be push back and a discrimination bigger...
Likely Compromise on Restrictive GE Labeling Requirements _Taipei_Taiwan_5-4-2015



| Colombian Bank Usage Drops for the GSM-102 Program | Agricultural Situation, Country/Regional FTA's | Bogota | Colombia | 5/5/2015
FAS/Colombia is writing a series of reports on the opportunities and challenges for agriculture under the Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA), which went into force in May 2012.  This report analyzes the reasons behind the recent drop in participation of Colombian banks in the GSM-102 program.  U.S. agricultural exports that have been facilitated through the GSM-102 program have been increasing steadily, from $30 million in 2012 to $227 million in 2014.  Ironically, regional Latin American...
Colombian Bank Usage Drops for the GSM-102 Program_Bogota_Colombia_4-30-2015



| Select | Japan Wine Report | Wine | Tokyo ATO | Japan | 5/5/2015
In 2014, the United States held an 8.8% share of Japan's $1,052 million imported bottled wine market, by value. This was an increase from 8.6% in 2013. The U.S. market share of bottles priced below ¥500 JPY and ¥1000 to ¥1500 continue to increase. Bulk wine imports continue to grow as domestic wine companies increasingly bottle their own wine.   
Wine Annual_Tokyo ATO_Japan_5-1-2015



| Chile Takes Action to Protect Animals from Volcano Eruption | Agricultural Situation | Santiago | Chile | 5/5/2015
Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) officials report that nearly 45,000 animals have been affected by the Calbuco volcano eruption in the Los Lagos Region (Region X) of Chile. The MOA Institute for Agricultural Development (INDAP) has been assisting by moving animals to alternative farms in nearby cities that are not affected.
Chile Takes Action to Protect Animals from Volcano Eruption_Santiago_Chile_4-30-2015



| , | Report | Sugar | Kiev | Ukraine | 5/5/2015
Sugar beet and sugar production in Ukraine in marketing year 2015/16 is expected to decrease by 28 and 33 percent respectively, responding to the current market issues and the economic situation. In the past several seasons, Ukraine observed sugar production above domestic demand which resulted in large carry-over stocks as well as intensification of exports. These factors led to low domestic sugar prices which have negatively affected the profitability of the industry - a sharp decline in profi...
Sugar Annual_Kiev_Ukraine_4-17-2015



| Bolivian Soybean Update | Oilseeds and Products | Lima | Bolivia | 5/5/2015
Bolivian soybean production in Calendar Year 2015 is estimated at 3.1 Million Metric Tons (MMT).  Domestic demand of soybean for CY 2015 is estimated at 800,000 MT of bean equivalent.  Soybean meal exports are expected at 1.7 MMT in CY 2015.  
Bolivian Soybean Update_Lima_Bolivia_4-13-2015



| Wheat, Rice, Milled, Corn | May 2015 | Grain and Feed | New Delhi | India | 5/5/2015
MY 2015/16 wheat production is forecast lower at 87 million metric tons (MMT) compared to nearly 96 MMT in 2014/15, on expected damage from untimely rains in March/April.  However, sufficient carryover stocks with the government will limit any significant negative impact on domestic supplies.  India is likely to emerge as net importer of wheat in MY2015/16 with imports estimate at 1.0 MMT and exports at 0.5 MMT.  MY 2014/15 rice exports estimate is raised to 10.2 MMT on higher exports in the fi...
Grain and Feed Update_New Delhi_India_4-30-2015



| Corn, Rice, Milled | April 2015 | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 5/5/2015
TH5054 – Larger MY2014/15 second off-season rice production will likely offset the impact of drought on the first off-season rice crop.  Rice exports are likely to accelerate in the second half of 2015 due to sales of the government stocks.
Grain and Feed Update_Bangkok_Thailand_4-30-2015



| Standard for Food Additive Use - GB2760-2015 | FAIRS Subject Report | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 5/4/2015
On December 24, 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Committee of China issued the National Food Safety Standard for Food Additive Use (GB2760-2014), which will be implemented on May 24, 2015.    The new standard (1) adds the food additives approved by NHFPC for use in foods in accordance with the issuance of GB2760-2011; (2) modifies the “Carry-Over” principles; (3) removes the list of “gum-based substances in chewing gum and the ingredients”; (4) modifies the provisions for use of fo...
Standard for Food Additive Use - GB2760-2015_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_4-28-2015



| Japan Ramps Up Domestic GI Roll-out Ahead of June 1 Implementation | Trade Policy Monitoring | Tokyo | Japan | 5/4/2015
On April 14, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) resumed domestic efforts to promote the Japanese Geographical Indication (GI) system by launching a series of nine public information sessions across Japan.  The new system will enter into force on June 1, 2015 (see GAIN JA5008 for a more detailed description of the Japanese GI system).  In addition to a detailed explanation of the application process, MAFF officials answered audience questions, noting that foreign pr...
Japan Ramps Up Domestic GI Roll-out Ahead of June 1 Implementation_Tokyo_Japan_5-1-2015



| Nile Nuggets for April 2015 | Agriculture in the News | Cairo | Egypt | 5/4/2015
News on developments in agriculture and food in Egypt.
Nile Nuggets for April 2015_Cairo_Egypt_4-26-2015



| 2015 Budget - Increased Spending for Agricultural Exports | Policy and Program Announcements | Ottawa | Canada | 5/4/2015
On April 21, 2015, the Canadian government tabled its annual budget.  The Economic Action Plan for 2015 (“Strong Leadership – A Balanced-Budget, Low-Tax Plan for Jobs, Growth and Security”) includes expanded  funding  for re-opening, expanding and maintaining market access for Canadian agricultural and agri-food products and for promoting and differentiating Canadian products in international markets.  The budget also funds the development of new markets for seal products, including certificati...
2015 Budget - Increased Spending for Agricultural Exports_Ottawa_Canada_4-30-2015



| 2014 key results of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture | Agriculture in the Economy, Agriculture in the News | Moscow | Russian Federation | 5/4/2015
On April 22, 2015, the Russian government published on its website, key results of the Ministry of Agriculture in 2014, submitted by the agency for the GOR’s review on March 15, 2015. The document includes major developments in the agricultural subsectors in CY 2014. FAS/Moscow provides unofficial translation of the document below, for informational purposes only. The original text can be found at http://government.ru/dep_news/17675/ The data provided in this report by the Russian Ministry of Ag...
2014 key results of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture _Moscow_Russian Federation_4-30-2015



| Business Travel in Beijing | Agriculture in the Economy | Beijing ATO | China - Peoples Republic of | 5/4/2015
With more than 3,000 years of history, time-honored Beijing is home to more than 9,000 diplomatic missions, international companies, organizations, research institutes, universities, municipal & provincial offices, and countless historic landmarks. Based on a rising standard of living, high per capita income and significant influence over the rest of the county, Beijing is a place few should ignore when doing business in China. This report provides a brief overview of the city, and some useful s...
Business Travel in Beijing_Beijing ATO_China - Peoples Republic of_4-29-2015



| Peru Imposes Import Ban on U.S. Poultry Products | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Trade Policy Monitoring | Lima | Peru | 5/4/2015
Peru bans poultry products from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa and Montana.
Peru Imposes Import Ban on U.S. Poultry Products_Lima_Peru_4-29-2015



| Fish and Seafood Production and Trade Update | Fishery Products, Agriculture in the News | Moscow | Russian Federation | 5/4/2015
The 2014 total Russian wild catch remained stable, only down slightly versus the total catch in 2013. Russia has continued with the comprehensive reorganization of its fisheries sector, from resources management to processing and distribution, through a number of government resolutions and rules to improve regulation and transparency. However, an obsolete fleet combined with an underdeveloped fishing port infrastructure, poaching, administrative barriers, and lack of investment remain as main co...
Fish and Seafood Production and Trade Update_Moscow_Russian Federation_4-29-2015



| Singapore Opens Market to Full Range of U.S. Beef Products | FAIRS Subject Report | Singapore | Singapore | 5/4/2015
Singapore has increased the range of U.S. beef products that can be imported to include boneless and bone-in cuts, processed beef products, and offal.  Heretofore, Singapore had only allowed boneless cuts derived from cattle less than 30 months of age.  U.S. establishments’ eligibility to export these products to Singapore and the eligibility of the various beef and beef products is subject to certain conditions.  These conditions are described herein.
Singapore Opens Market to Full Range of U.S. Beef Products_Singapore_Singapore_4-28-2015



| Exporter Guide Annual Report for the United Arab Emirates | Exporter Guide | Dubai | United Arab Emirates | 5/4/2015
This report is an introductory tool for U.S. food suppliers who wish to export food products to Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the UAE (GCC-4). It also provides information on best business practices and a list of U.S. products with high potential for increased sales in the region.
Exporter Guide_Dubai_United Arab Emirates_3-24-2015



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Guatemala City | Guatemala | 5/4/2015
Section II. Purpose of Specific Export Certificate(s) has been updated.  As of 2013, Food Control from the Ministry of Health in Guatemala started requiring the "consularization" (stamping and signature verification at Guatemalan Embassies in the U.S.) of Certificate of Free Sales for processed food product registration or renewal of existing registries.  Finally, as of March 2015, Guatemala's Ministry of Health eliminated the "consularization" requirement, per CAFTA-DR's provision that prohibit...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Guatemala City_Guatemala_4-16-2015



| April 2015 | Grain and Feed | Ottawa | Canada | 5/4/2015
Total production of wheat, barley, oats and corn in 2015/2016 is forecast to increase to 52.8 MMT (million metric tons), a 4 percent increase over 2014/2015 levels of 50.8 MMT.  Lower domestic supplies due to low carry-in stocks are forecast to result in total exports decreasing three percent from anticipated exports levels of 26.4 MMT.  Imports of corn are forecast to fall in 2015/2016 due to increased production, however will remain at above average levels.  Proposed legislation that would lev...
Grain and Feed Annual_Ottawa_Canada_4-29-2015



| Oilseeds and Products Annual 2015 | Oilseeds and Products | Prague | Czech Republic | 5/4/2015
  Marketing years 2013/14 and 2014/15 were both record breaking:  in MY2013/14 rapeseed area in the Czech Republic exceeded the threshold of 400,000 hectares, while in MY2014/15 the yield reaching almost 4 MT/HA resulted in record high rapeseed production of 1.54 million MT.  Sunflower production has been declining because of its lowering profitability.   
Oilseeds and Products Annual 2015_Prague_Czech Republic_4-28-2015