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| EU Increases Grain Quotas for Ukraine | Agriculture in the News | Kiev | Ukraine | 7/24/2017
The EU increased  Ukraine’s annual import quotas for grains, which will allow higher volumes to enter duty free.  It is unlikely the changes will generate additional export volumes for corn and wheat.  However, slight increases of barley exports will likely occur.
EU Increases Grain Quotas for Ukraine_Kiev_Ukraine_7-19-2017



| Amendments Relating to Sale of Vegetable Oil and Fat Invite Comments | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Exporter Guide, FAIRS Subject Report, Oilseeds and Products | New Delhi | India | 7/24/2017
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India published a notification to amend the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011, and invited comments from the WTO member countries.  The amendments relate to the removal of ‘Boudouin test’ requirement for blended edible vegetable oil and revision of provisions on the sale of Vanaspati oil.  The comment period for trading partners expires 60 days from the date it is notified on...
Amendments Relating to Sale of Vegetable Oil and Fat Invite Comments_New Delhi_India_7-19-2017



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 7/21/2017
Export prices further declined 3-6 percent due to a lack of new inquiries.  Traders are awaiting the results of both the July 18 tender for the remaining government food-quality rice stocks and the July 25 Philippines’ import tender.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_7-18-2017



| FSSAI Implements Standards for Non-Carbonated Beverages | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Beverages, Exporter Guide, Retail Foods, Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | New Delhi | India | 7/21/2017
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued directives to implement Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulation, 2017, for non-carbonated water based beverages.
FSSAI Implements Standards for Non-Carbonated Beverages _New Delhi_India_7-18-2017



| Food Import Regulations Supersede Certain Advisories and Guidelines | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Exporter Guide, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | New Delhi | India | 7/21/2017
On July 13, 2017, the Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued an order to list certain advisories and guidelines previously issued over the years’ on imported food products as invalid.  The 2017 Food Import Regulations include the subject matter of these advisories/guidelines and therefore supersede them.
Food Import Regulations Supersede Certain Advisories and Guidelines_New Delhi_India_7-18-2017



| India Monsoon Update 2017 | Climate Change/Global Warming/Food Security, Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the News, Agriculture in the Economy, Market Development Reports | New Delhi | India | 7/21/2017
Southwest monsoon rains in June supported the higher pace of planting Kharif crops compared to last year, but a long dry spell since the beginning of July has raised concerns about prospects of replanting of major crops as water storage levels across India remain lower than last year. India’s meteorological department forecasts widespread rains in Central India for the period July 13-26, 2017.
India Monsoon Update 2017_New Delhi_India_7-18-2017



| European Commission Removes Certificate of Origin Requirement | Export Accomplishments - Border Facilitation, Trade Policy Monitoring | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 7/20/2017
On July 18, 2017, the European Commission published Implementing Regulation 2017/1329 removing the certificate of origin requirement to access a U.S. specific tariff quota for food supplements classified under CN code 2106 90 98.
European Commission Removes Certificate of Origin Requirement_Brussels USEU_EU-28_7-19-2017



| Nile Nuggets for July 2017 | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the News, Cotton and Products, Grain and Feed | Cairo | Egypt | 7/20/2017
Egypt to Stop Flour Subsidy  Egypt's Ban on Rice Exports to Continue  Saudi Arabia Temporarily Bans Imports of Egyptian Strawberries Egyptian Government to Encourage Cotton Production and Exports by Increasing Area and Prices Enjoy Stuffed Pigeons 
Nile Nuggets for July 2017_Cairo_Egypt_7-17-2017



| Tel Aviv Tidbits - July 2017 | Agriculture in the News | Tel Aviv | Israel | 7/20/2017
Brought to You Directly From the Farmer A Bitter-Sweet Ending Indian Prime Minister Makes Historic Visit to Israel
Tel Aviv Tidbits - July 2017 _Tel Aviv_Israel_7-17-2017



| | Biofuels | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 7/20/2017
Argentine bioethanol production in 2018 is forecast at 1.12 billion liters.  This record is the result of expected higher demand of gasoline and a real blend rate almost reaching the official cap of 12 percent.  There is practically no trade of bioethanol.  2018 biodiesel production is projected at 3.05 billion liters, the highest ever.  This production takes into account a modest growth in the local mandate and exports at 1.7 billion liters, unchanged from 2017.  Post’s forecast is based on pol...
Biofuels Annual_Buenos Aires_Argentina_7-17-2017



| GOR Resolution 770 Amends Rules for Registration of GE Organisms | Biotechnology - GE Plants and Animals | Moscow | Russian Federation | 7/19/2017
Government Resolution No. 770 of June 29, 2017 amends Russia’s framework of rules for the registration of GE organisms and products derived or containing such organisms.   The Resolution conforms to Federal Law No 358 of July 3, 2016, which bans cultivation and breeding of GE plants and animals within the territory of the Russian Federation.  The previous framework, based on Government Resolution No. 839 of September 23, 2013, would have allowed the possibility of registering GE crops and animal...
GOR Resolution 770 Amends Rules for Registration of GE Organisms_Moscow_Russian Federation_7-13-2017



| Wheat, Barley, Corn, Rice, Milled | Turkey Grain and Feed Update | Grain and Feed | Ankara | Turkey | 7/19/2017
Wheat production is forecast at 19.5 million metric tons (MMT) in marketing year (MY) 2017/18 because of high yields, especially in the Southeast and Thrace regions.  Barley production is forecast at 6.5 MMT and corn at 5.5 MMT.  However, there are quality problems everywhere. The Government of Turkey (GOT) eliminated tariffs on some grains. The Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Livestock (MinFAL) announced 2017 wheat procurement prices on July 12, 2017, with intervention prices for Anatolian H...
Grain and Feed Update_Ankara_Turkey_7-14-2017



| 2017 | Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional | Berlin | Germany | 7/19/2017
The German food service sector is large, fragmented, and highly competitive. Foodservice sales continue to be led primarily by independent full-service restaurants. International chains have a very strong position in the fast food segment. Total turnover for the German food service sector increased by 2.4% to €80.9 billion in 2016.
Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional_Berlin_Germany_7-13-2017



| Second Review Meeting for GE Food Labeling Requirements | FAIRS Subject Report, Biotechnology - GE Plants and Animals, Agricultural Situation | Tokyo | Japan | 7/19/2017
On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, the Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) of the Government of Japan (GOJ) held the second review committee meeting for the labeling of food containing genetically engineered (GE) food and ingredients.  This meeting focused on the views and concerns of representatives from consumer groups and included a presentation from an expert on consumer surveys in Japan. 
Second Review Meeting for GE Food Labeling Requirements_Tokyo_Japan_7-14-2017



| Rice, Milled, Wheat, Corn | Grain and Feed Updated July 2017 | Grain and Feed | Dhaka | Bangladesh | 7/19/2017
Bangladesh rice production in marketing year (MY) 2017/18 is forecast lower at 34.18 million metric tons (MMT). Unfavorable weather conditions during critical development stages drove yields lower for the Boro rice season. MY 2017/18 rice imports are forecast up at 1.2 MMT due to significantly reduced domestic production. MY 2017/18 projected wheat imports are raised to 6 MMT on increased consumption demand and lower domestic production in MY 2016/17. Corn consumption as feed is raised to 3.8 MM...
Grain and Feed Update_Dhaka_Bangladesh_7-13-2017



| Wheat, Barley, Sorghum, Rice, Milled | July 2017 | Grain and Feed | Canberra | Australia | 7/19/2017
Post has lowered its estimate for Australian wheat production to 22 million MT for 2017/18, due to expectantly poor seasonal conditions across almost all cropping areas. This is significantly below the record harvest of 35 million MT in 2016/17 and 6.4 percent below the revised official forecast of 23.5 million MT. Post has revised the harvested area for wheat to 12.2 million hectares, 3 percent below the official estimate, due to slow crop development in some regions. Barley production is forec...
Grain and Feed Update_Canberra_Australia_7-14-2017



| Fresh Peaches & Nectarines, Fresh Cherries,(Sweet&Sour) | 2017 | Stone Fruit | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 7/18/2017
China’s MY 2017/18 peach and nectarine production is forecast at 14.3 million metric tons, up nearly 2 percent year-on-year from 2016/2017.  Cherry production is forecast to reach a record 360,000 MT, largely because of new bearings. Cherry imports are expected to continue increasing by 10 percent to 120,000 MT in MY 2017/18 on strong demand. Chile remains the largest cherry supplier to China, followed by the United States.
Stone Fruit Annual_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_7-14-2017



| Priorities of the Estonian EU Council Presidency | Policy and Program Announcements, Trade Policy Monitoring | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 7/18/2017
On July 1, 2017, Estonia took over the rotating EU Council presidency.  During the second half of 2017, Estonia will schedule and chair all ministerial meetings with the exception of the Foreign Affairs Council.  In the field of agriculture, Estonia will mainly focus on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the sustainability and competitiveness of EU agriculture.
Priorities of the Estonian EU Council Presidency_Brussels USEU_EU-28_7-13-2017



| 2017 Amendments to Legal Metrology Rules | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Exporter Guide, Beverages, Food Processing Ingredients, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative, Fresh Fruit, Tree Nuts, Retail Foods | New Delhi | India | 7/18/2017
On June 23, 2017, the Government of India (GOI) amended the Legal Metrology (LM) (packaged commodities) Rules, 2011 and published in the Official Gazette of India.  This is 2017’s first amendment to Legal Metrology Rules.  A consecutive notification related to the same subject was also published on July 4, 2017 to explain the impact of goods and service tax (GST) on the unsold stock of pre-packaged commodities.
2017 Amendments to Legal Metrology Rules_New Delhi_India_7-13-2017