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The outbreak of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the foodservice sector. Due to ongoing disruptions during the crisis, operators need to stay agile and adapt their business strategy in order to survive.
On June 22, 2021, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a directive extending by six months the implementation date of the Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Ninth Amendment Regulations (2020).
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Ukraine: FAIRS Annual Country Report Annual

There have been significant changes to Ukrainian regulations related to agricultural product quality, safety, and sanitary measures since the previous FAIRS Annual Country Report.
Mexico has updated its organic products law (LPO by its Spanish acronym) enforcement notification to the World Trade Organization (WTO) from the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures to the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade...
This report provides information on the export certification requirements of the Government of Costa Rica.
On June 16, 2021, China notified draft National Food Safety Standard of Cream, Butter and Anhydrous Milk Fat (GB19646-xxxx) to the WTO SPS Committee as G/SPS/N/CHN/1221.
On June 22, 2021, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a new directive extending its implementation date for standards relating to different categories of infant nutrition foods.
On June 29, 2021, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a new directive changing the nomenclature ‘‘Blended Edible Vegetable Oil” or “Multi Source Edible Vegetable Oil” now to simply “Multi Source Edible Oil.”
On July 13, 2021, India notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO) its new draft Ayurveda Aahar Regulations (2021).
Attaché Report (GAIN)

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.
A French ban on the sales of fruit and vegetables with identifying stickers threatens exports of U.S. sweet potatoes (approx. $20 million in sales annually) and grapefruits ($8 million annually).
The COVID-19 crisis and the closure of the European hospitality sector during much of the past year kept EU imports of U.S. beef into its High Quality Beef (HQB) quota well below availability.