On June 20, 2022, Canada announced final regulations banning the following single-use plastic manufactured items: checkout bags, cutlery, certain foodservice ware, ring carriers, stir sticks, and most straws.
The following changes have been made to the 2022 FAIRS report: 1) Section II – Labeling. Effective December 1, 2023, food containing hydrogenated oils must be labeled. 2) Section III – Packaging. Glass and plastic bottles will be subject to additional levies. 3) Section VI – Other Requirements, Regulations, and Registration Measures.
In the first quarter of 2022, U.S. agricultural exports fell to the lowest level in four years. While expanding U.S. direct exports to China, and lingering shipping issues continue to drive the overall decline in U.S. agricultural exports to Hong Kong, government restrictions in response to the city’s fifth wave of the pandemic exacerbated the drop in U.S. agricultural sales.
In 2021, the total value of U.S. agricultural and food exports to Hong Kong dropped 12 percent compared to 2020, continuing its decline from the 2017 peak and reaching its lowest level since 2008. The overall drop in exports was driven primarily by lower sales of consumer-ready products which offset recoveries in other product categories.
The Canadian food regulatory authorities opened public consultations on guidance for e-commerce platforms on how to be compliant with relevant food labeling regulatory provisions. Interested stakeholders have until July 8, 2022, to provide comments on this initiative.
In 2021, Hong Kong was the thirteenth largest market for U.S. pet food exports and a hub for pet food trade to the region. Hong Kong pet owners welcome U.S. pet food for its safety and quality. Despite lower exports in 2021, the United States is still the lead supplier, holding a 29 percent share of the Hong Kong pet food market.
On April 27, 2022, the Turkish Government published new Biosafety Decision approvals for the import of genetically engineered (GE) soybean and corn. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MinAF) approved two new soybean events and two new corn events for feed and cancelled the approvals of three corn events and one soybean event.
The long-awaited EU proposed list of antimicrobial products reserved for human medicine has been published for comment through May 17, 2022. This Commission Implementing Regulation is part of the implementation legislation for the Veterinary Medicinal Products Regulation (EU) 2019/6, which was implemented on January 28, 2022.