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...
Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency will temporarily suspend the strict monitoring of non-critical food labeling information in response to COVID-19 related supply chain disruptions.
On April 15, 2020, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published detailed guidance on specific measures for food businesses to follow to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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Costa Rica: Rice Situation Update

Costa Rican consumers rushed to the supermarkets to buy higher volumes of basic staples such as rice and beans as the first cases of COVID-19 hit the country in March.