MY 2014/15 (Aug/July) rainy season started normally in May for most selected countries but a long pause during June and July could reduce countries’ initial targets.
The “Food Product Approval System” allows for companies to apply online for a no objection certificate or seek product approval for new food product imports.
Export prices declined 1 to 4 percent due to the expected upcoming sale of government rice stocks and the weakening of the Thai baht.
Indian almond imports during marketing year (MY) 2014/15 are forecast to decline to 58,000 metric tons (MT) (shelled basis) due to higher market prices and the weak rupee.
On September 10, 2014, Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers created the “State Service on Safety of Foodstuffs and Consumer Protection”.
The Philippines continues to be a regional leader in biotech research and commercialization, as well as a model for science-based and thorough GE regulatory policy.
Polish Minister of Agriculture strongly criticized the decision of the EC suspending support to the EU producers of fruit and vegetables affected by the Russian ban on imports of agricultural products
In the spring of 2014, FAS Bucharest worked jointly with the California Almond Board to clarify with Romanian Food Safety authorities the rules governing U.S. almond imports into the European Union.
For calendar year (CY) 2014 and CY 2015, the total cattle population is estimated to grow from 300.6 to 301.1 million head.
Growth in India’s online retailing for food and groceries is a function of the rise in total internet users from 120 million to 213 million in the past year.
The 9th annual edition of Annapoorna World of Food India trade show will be held September 24 to 26, 2014, in Mumbai, India.
This report is an update of SP1316 and outlines the applicable legislation regarding the export of U.S. food products to Spain, particularly those rules that differ from EU legislation.
Post forecasts Brazil’s Marketing Year (MY) 2014/15 cotton area to drop by about 11 percent to one million hectares, compared to the previous MY.
Post organized a U.S. Food Festival held July 4-6, 2014 in one of Santiago’s premier shopping centers.
Argentine beef exports in 2015 are forecast at 210,000 tons carcass wt equivalent, an increase from the 2014 estimate, but still an insignificant volume for what Argentina has historically exported.
The German Federal Cartel Office has imposed a fine for sausage price fixing in July 2014.
The Russian State Duma Committee announced the start of public comments and expert evaluations of a draft version of National Standard (GOST) “Regulation of Organic Production.”
The agricultural minister of Lower Saxony has introduced a new protein feed initiative on July 29. The goal of the initiative is to promote the cultivation of peas, beans and lupins.
Since January 2014, the Burkinabe National Biosafety Agency (NBA) has been converting the status of the organization to a technical and scientific public institution (EPSET) for greater autonomy.

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