On September 13, 2021, India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry/Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), published Notification No. 25/2015-2020, clarifying that it is authorizing the import of consignments of soybean meal and soy cake derived from genetically engineered (GE) soybeans with a bill of lading or lorry (truck) receipt date issued on or before October 31, 2021.
On August 17, 2021, the European Commission (EC) approved seven genetically engineered (GE) crops (3 corn, 2 soybean, 1 rapeseed, and 1 cotton) and renewed the authorizations for two corn and one rapeseed crop used for food and animal feed.
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Japan: 242nd Food Safety Group

On July 16, 2021, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) proposed revisions to Japan’s maximum residue levels for 11 agricultural chemicals (MCPA, MCPB, Captan, Cyazofamid, Pyriofenone, Fluoxastrobin, Procymidone, Mandestrobin, Cypermethrin, Albendazole, and Zeranol) for various agricultural commodities.
On July 5, 2021, the European Commission and agri-food industry stakeholders launched the European Union’s Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices as part of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F).
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Russia: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Russian guidelines became effective on April 26, 2020 that establish a process for registering genetically engineered (GE) events for feed use, making it possible for those events to be imported after registration.
In December 2020, the European Commission released the latest Eurobarometer on EU citizens expectations related to food.