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| Pigs Infected with ASF Identified Before Reaching Hong Kong Border | Agriculture in the News, Livestock and Products, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 8/22/2019
Late evening of August 13, media reports stated that two pigs were confirmed to be infected with the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus in the interim transfer house in Shenzhen, China before crossing the border with Hong Kong.  Pigs are required to pass through this transfer house for additional monitoring and inspection before entering Hong Kong so as to ensure pigs supplied to Hong Kong are healthy and free of ASF. 
Pigs Infected with ASF Identified Before Reaching Hong Kong Border_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_8-14-2019



| Poultry, Meat, Broiler | 2019 Market Situation Summary and 2020 Outlook | Poultry and Products | Tokyo | Japan | 8/22/2019
Japan's poultry meat production is projected to continue steady growth in 2019 and 2020 on improved productivity as a result of industry consolidation.  Efficiency gains, particularly for feed use, will help push down wholesale prices and fuel consumption of new product offerings.  Imports of chilled and frozen chicken meat are projected to slow on higher domestic supply as well as trader difficulty procuring volumes from traditional suppliers.  However, this decline will be partially offset by ...
Poultry and Products Annual_Tokyo_Japan_8-19-2019



| Raisins | RAISIN ANNUAL 2019 | Raisins | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 8/21/2019
Argentina’s raisin production is forecast stable at 44,000 metric tons (MT) in CY 2020.  Exports are forecast up to 40,000 MT on higher production over last year, however, overall Argentina raisins face loss of competitiveness due to economic conditions. 
Raisin Annual_Buenos Aires_Argentina_8-16-2019



| Meat, Beef and Veal | Livestock and Products Annual 2019 | Livestock and Products | Buenos Aires | Paraguay | 8/21/2019
Paraguayan beef exports in marketing year 2020 are forecast to revive to 350,000 tons carcass weight equivalent (cwe) due to a projected increase in beef production and stagnant domestic consumption.  Chile, the Russian Federation, Taiwan and the European Union are expected to continue as the main export destinations.
Livestock and Products Annual_Buenos Aires_Paraguay_8-16-2019



| Animal Numbers, Cattle, Meat, Beef and Veal, Animal Numbers, Swine, Meat, Swine | Higher Pork Consumption Drives Production as Mexico Increases Exports of Pork and Beef | Livestock and Products | Mexico City | Mexico | 8/21/2019
Mexico’s livestock industry is set to increase production into 2020 as the beef and pork sectors expand exports.  While domestic consumption of beef is down, the beef industry continues its steady growth as it dramatically increased exports in the first part of the year.  The pork industry will increase production to meet higher domestic demand as consumers switch to more affordable proteins.  The pork sector in particular is looking to increase exports to China and other countries in the wake o...
Livestock and Products Annual_Mexico City_Mexico_8-14-2019



| African Swine Fever Keeps Romania’s Pork Industry Vigilant | Livestock and Products, Pest/Disease Occurrences | Bucharest | Romania | 8/21/2019
Romania’s pork industry continues to struggle with African swine fever (ASF).  According to Romania’s National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (NSVFSA), there are currently about 600 active cases in backyard farms, four outbreaks in commercial holdings, and about 1,800 cases in wild boars.  Since it first appeared in 2017, Romania has confirmed over 1,500 ASF detections.  As the virus has spread, the pork industry continues to struggle with movement prohibitions, trade restrictions...
African Swine Fever Keeps Romania’s Pork Industry Vigilant _Bucharest_Romania_8-13-2019



| Furniture Consumption Is on the Rise in Northeast China | Wood Products | Shenyang | China - Peoples Republic of | 8/21/2019
The Liaoning Furniture Association (LFA) held its 10th Shenyang International Furniture Expo (SIFE) on August 9, 2019.  Over 1,000 companies exhibited at the expo which attracted over 110,000 visitors
Furniture Consumption Is on the Rise in Northeast China_Shenyang_China - Peoples Republic of_8-16-2019



| Select | Turkey Stone Fruit Annual 2019 | Stone Fruit | Ankara | Turkey | 8/20/2019
The total cherry production forecast in Turkey in Marketing Year (MY) 2019/20 is 865,000 metric tons (MT), which is 41,000 MT more than the MY 2018/19 estimate. The peach and nectarine production forecast for MY 2019/20 is 830,000 MT, 40,000 MT more than the MY 2018/19 estimate. Stone fruits exports are increasing due to abundant production and strong demand from the Russian and EU markets. Turkey has begun exporting fresh sweet cherries to China for the first time. This report covers cherries, ...
Stone Fruit Annual_Ankara_Turkey_8-15-2019



| Retail Foods Update | Retail Foods | Jakarta | Indonesia | 8/20/2019
In 2018, Indonesia’s imports of consumer-oriented agricultural products grew to $5.9 billion, an 8.5 percent increase from the previous year.  Increasing urbanization and a growing middle-class suggest continued modern retail sector growth.  Strong regional trade competition and a bureaucratic product registration process present challenges for market entry of U.S. products.
Retail Foods_Jakarta_Indonesia_7-1-2019



| Fresh Peaches & Nectarines, Fresh Cherries,(Sweet&Sour), Fresh Cherries,(Sweet&Sour), Fresh Peaches & Nectarines | Peach and Nectarine Imports Stable, Total Cherry Imports Decrease on U.S. Production Woes | Stone Fruit | Taipei | Taiwan | 8/20/2019
In 2018, Taiwan was the third largest export market for U.S. peaches and nectarines and the fourth largest export market for U.S. cherries.  Taiwan’s peach and nectarine production is forecast to decline from 22,506 metric tons (MT) in 2018 to 17,000 MT in 2019 due to poor bearing.  Total Peach and nectarine imports are forecast to be stable during the upcoming U.S. shipping season, in line with the historic trend at 15,000 MT.  Total Cherry imports for the full year are forecast to decrease by ...
Stone Fruit Annual_Taipei_Taiwan_8-13-2019



| Food Processing Ingredients Report Update | Food Processing Ingredients | Jakarta | Indonesia | 8/20/2019
The Indonesian food and beverage industry is comprised of over 5,000 large and medium size companies and is valued at an estimated $188 billion.  Nearly 70 percent of food ingredients are imported.  Urbanization and a growing middle-class are driving demand for packaged foods, leading to increased production capacity among food and beverage processors.
Food Processing Ingredients_Jakarta_Indonesia_4-8-2019



| Stone Fruit Annual 2019 | Stone Fruit | Santiago | Chile | 8/19/2019
Chile’s cherry exports totaled 180,000 metric tons (MT) in marketing year (MY) 2018/19 and eighty-seven percent of all exports went to the Chinese market.  Chile’s cherry planted area grows consistently at a 10 percent rate, adding up to 37,000 hectares (ha) in MY2019/20.  Post projects a 15 percent increase in cherry exports in MY2019/20, reaching 207,000 MT as new orchards become productive.   Overall, fresh peach and nectarine planted area totaled 7,428 ha in MY2018/19.  Chilean exports of ...
Stone Fruit Annual 2019_Santiago_Chile_8-12-2019



| Pork Production in Decline - Eroding Soybean Meal Demand | Livestock and Products, Oilseeds and Products | Berlin | Germany | 8/19/2019
Germany has long been a leader in the global pork sector and is currently the world’s second-largest pork exporter after the United States.  In 2018, Germany became the largest pork exporter by value to China.  Despite this export success, domestic demand for pork is waning and production has declined, with German swine herd numbers reaching near 20-year lows.  This decrease in domestic pork production has led to a corresponding decline in demand for pig feed—a vital component of which is soybe...
Pork Production in Decline - Eroding Soybean Meal Demand_Berlin_Germany_8-14-2019



| Poultry and Products Annual | Poultry and Products | Brasilia | Brazil | 8/19/2019
 
Poultry and Products Annual_Brasilia_Brazil_8-13-2019



| Fresh Cherries,(Sweet&Sour), Fresh Peaches & Nectarines | 2019 Stone Fruit Annual | Stone Fruit | Tokyo | Japan | 8/19/2019
Japan’s commercial cherry production in marketing year (MY) 2019/20 is estimated to fall six percent to 15,200 metric tons (MT) on colder temperatures during the flowering stage and reduced acreage.  Meanwhile, strong U.S. production portends an increase in imports of fresh cherries, projected to soar 31 percent to 4,300 MT in MY 2019/20.  As weather related damages over the past two years continue to impact Japan’s peach growing regions, FAS/Tokyo forecasts a production drop of nearly 12 perce...
Stone Fruit Annual_Tokyo_Japan_8-14-2019



| 2019 | Biofuels | Sao Paulo ATO | Brazil | 8/19/2019
The National Biofuels Policy of Brazil, the RenovaBio program, is expected to be implemented in late December 2019.  Over forty biofuel plants have requested the certification process.  Brazil’s total 2019 ethanol production is estimated at 34.45 billion liters, an increase of four percent compared to the revised figure for 2018.  Total domestic demand for ethanol (fuel and other uses) for calendar year 2019 is estimated at 33.93 billion liters.  Total Brazilian biodiesel production is estimate...
Biofuels Annual_Sao Paulo ATO_Brazil_8-9-2019



| Compliance Timeline Extended for Advertising and Claims Regulations | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Exporter Guide | New Delhi | India | 8/19/2019
On June 28, 2019, the Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published amendments to the Advertising and Claims Regulations and made it operational.  However, the compliance timeline is extended by six months from the date of notification, or until such time as the final notification of the Regulation incorporating the modifications are published in the Official Gazette of India, whichever is later.
Compliance Timeline Extended for Advertising and Claims Regulations_New Delhi_India_7-11-2019



| Animal Numbers, Cattle, Meat, Beef and Veal, Animal Numbers, Swine, Meat, Swine | 2019 Market Situation Update and 2020 Outlook | Livestock and Products | Tokyo | Japan | 8/16/2019
Japan’s calf production will continue steady recovery in 2019 and 2020 as high calf prices drive modest expansion of the beef cow herd.  Total cattle slaughter will dip slightly in the short term as more beef and dairy heifers are retained for cow herd replenishment.  Imported beef cuts will remain competitive as domestic production continues to shift toward high-priced wagyu breeds.  In the pork market, growth in sow stocks is projected to push piglet production to a five-year high in 2020 as t...
Livestock and Products Annual_Tokyo_Japan_8-14-2019



| Poultry and Products Annual Report | Poultry and Products | Sofia | Bulgaria | 8/16/2019
In 2018, Bulgarian broiler meat production grew by 10 percent and duck meat production increased by 18 percent over 2017.  Consumer demand for poultry meat reached record levels.  2018 imports declined slightly for the first time in many years, while exports grew by five percent on higher broiler meat shipments within the European Union (EU).  CY2019 started with significantly higher broiler inventories.  Chicken meat production during the first four months of 2019 was higher over the same perio...
Poultry and Products Annual Report_Sofia_Bulgaria_8-13-2019



| European Commission Authorizes Ten Genetically Modified Organisms | Biotechnology - GE Plants and Animals, SP2 - Prevent or Resolve Barriers to Trade that Hinder U.S. Food and Agricultural Exports | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 8/16/2019
On July 26, 2019, the European Commission (EC) authorized nine genetically modified products for food and feed uses and one as ornamental cut flower.  All of these events had been waiting for final approval by the European Commission, after having gone through the EU’s comprehensive authorization procedure for genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), some even since 2011.  The outgoing Commission appeared to be clearing the decks before the summer break and before the new Commission takes office ...
European Commission Authorizes Ten Genetically Modified Organisms _Brussels USEU_EU-28_8-12-2019



| Rice, Milled | Weekly Rice Price Update - August 13 | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 8/16/2019
Rice export prices further increased 1 percent as exporters are fulling contracted shipments of old-crop white and parboiled rice to African countries.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_8-13-2019



| Changes to Germany’s Packaging Laws – An Exporter’s Guide | FAIRS Subject Report, Trade Policy Monitoring | Berlin | Germany | 8/16/2019
On January 1, 2019, Germany updated their waste management laws in an attempt to advance the country’s environmental protection goals and correct regulatory loopholes.  Companies selling packaged goods must register with the German government before placing any packaged products on the German market.  Although these responsibilities will typically fall to the German importer, U.S. companies should be aware and clearly allocate regulatory compliance duties in their sales agreements with German fi...
Changes to Germany’s Packaging Laws – An Exporter’s Guide_Berlin_Germany_8-2-2019



| Japan 224th Food Safety Group | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies, Biotechnology - GE Plants and Animals | Tokyo | Japan | 8/16/2019
On July 18, 2019, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) announced revisions to Japan’s Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for the following agricultural chemicals and a veterinary drug/feed additive: Afidopyropen, Oxpoconazole fumarate, Flubendiamide, and Salinomyvin.  In addition, MHLW shared a draft of regulatory and handling procedures for foods and additives using genome editing technology.  The Embassy comment period for these proposals is open until August 1, 2019.  MHLW will th...
Japan 224th Food Safety Group_Tokyo_Japan_7-19-2019



| Japan 225th Food Safety Group | Snack Foods, Policy and Program Announcements | Tokyo | Japan | 8/16/2019
On August 2, 2019, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) shared more details on proposed shifts to the positive list system for utensils, containers and packaging (UCP).  This positive list system for UCP will only be applied to those made of or containing synthetic resins.  As Japan will announce this revision to the World Trade Organization (WTO) soon, there is no embassy comment period.    Keyword: JA9104, Utensils, Containers, Packaging
Japan 225th Food Safety Group_Tokyo_Japan_8-9-2019