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On April 29, the European Commission launched a public consultation on "legislation for plants produced by certain new genomic techniques,"
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Spain: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Spain is a powerhouse for agricultural biotechnology in the European Union, as the country remains the largest grower of biotech corn and a major consumer of feed ingredients.
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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Philippines: Validity of SPS Import Clearances Extended

The Philippine Department of Agriculture temporarily extended the validity of SPS Import Clearances for meat and poultry from 60 to 90 days.
The Russian Federation recently extended the waiver on a previously established ban of imports of some GE soybeans and soybean meal without state registration to January 1, 2022.
On April 29, 2021, the European Commission published a report titled, “Study on the status of new genomic techniques under Union law and in light of the Court of Justice ruling in Case C-528/16.”
In a bid to diversify market sources and maintain affordable rice prices, the Philippines has temporarily lowered the Most Favored Nation tariff rates for rice.
Responding to surging pork prices due to African swine fever’s devastating impact on the hog sector, the Philippines has temporarily lowered pork tariff rates and increased the quota volume.
Russia notified the World Trade Organization of draft amendments to the EAEU technical regulation on food products labeling.
Russia announced a draft measure that would harmonize EAEU technical regulations with the requirements of the EU directives ont the use of single-use plastic products.
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Turkey: Turkey Removes Anti-dumping Duty on U.S. Cotton

On April 16, 2021, the Government of Turkey (GoT) removed the three percent anti-dumping duty on U.S. cotton.
On April 6, 2021, Russia notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of draft amendments to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) phytosanitary regulations.