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Denmark: Ban on Keeping Mink to Be Lifted at End of Year

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (known as the Fødevarestyrelsen) has announced Denmark will lift its temporary ban on keeping mink as of January 1, 2023. The ban had initially been imposed for 2020/2021 for the sake of public health during the coronavirus pandemic and was later extended to include 2022.
At a recent Beijing municipal press conference, authorities announced that effective April 1, 2022, imported cold-chain food products will be rejected if shipped into Beijing without prior inspection appointments at a Beijing Entry Checkpoint.
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China: Updated Technical Guidelines for Cold Chain Foods

On January 30, 2022, China's State Council released two updated technical guidelines for preventing and controlling COVID-19 in cold-chain food.
The Hong Kong government ordered the culling of 2000 hamsters in Hong Kong. The order was issued over fears of an animal-to-human transmission of the COVID-19 virus after a pet shop saleswoman tested positive for the Delta variant, and samples collected from hamsters at the pet shop were also positive.
Seeking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus through imported foods, the Hong Kong government has been testing chilled and frozen foods and their packaging.
The first full year of the newly negotiated U.S. specific High Quality Beef (HQB) quota with the European Union ended with U.S. beef exports reaching 12,806 MT.
On December 3, 2020, the Government of India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) extended the compliance date on the requirement of a genetically-modified (GM)-free certificate...
On August 18, 2020, the city of Shenzhen in South China imposed new COVID-19 handling and testing requirements for imports of frozen meat and seafood.
On July 12, 2020, South Africa reintroduced the suspension on the sale, dispensing and distribution of liquor with immediate effect.
In response to industry challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced temporary flexibility, until September 15, 2020, in enforcing some...
The overall Thai economy is projected to slow down significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 21, 2020, Japan notified the World Trade Organization via G/SPS/N/JPN/755 of temporary measures to accept scanned or hard copies of export certificates for animals, plants, and...