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United Arab Emirates: Retail Foods

The United States is one of the top three leading suppliers of imported consumer oriented agricultural products to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a total of $737 million in 2020, a 29.8 percent decrease from 2019 due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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Israel: Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Israeli Hotel Restaurant Institutional (HRI) sector was generally stable. The impact of the COVID-19 on the Israel HRI sector has been nothing short of devastating.
On January 1, 2022, Ukraine will implement new Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl in agricultural and food products at the level of 0.01 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) or milligrams per liter (mg/l) depending on whether the product is solid or liquid.
On July 9, 2021, China notified “Laboratory animal—Microbiological and parasitical standards and monitoring” to the WTO TBT Committee as G/TBT/N/CHN/1613.
On August 26, 2021, the Regulatory Improvement National Commission (CONAMER) published a draft Conformity Assessment Procedure (CAP) for the national standard NOM-223-SCFI/SAGARPA-2018, Cheese.
On August 30, 2021, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply (MAPA) published the new Dairy Certificate model for U.S. exports into Brazil.
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Israel: Israel Reviews its Use of Approved Agrochemicals

Israel plans to conduct a review of the use of 34 chemicals, which are components of approximately 180 agrochemicals that local farmers currently use.
The Thai Excise Department approved the use of the APEC Model Wine Export Certificate for U.S. wine exports and the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau’s (TTB) Certificate of Sanitation for U.S. beer and distilled spirit exports to Thailand with specific attestation.
On August 28, 2021, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply (MAPA) began accepting the new Export Certificate model for U.S. exports of beef, beef products, and bovine offal into Brazil.
On July 15, 2021, Egypt’s Minister of Trade and Industry (MTI) signed Decree No. 322/2021. The decree renewed an earlier decision that extended the shelf-life validity period for imported frozen fish from six to nine months and of frozen beef liver from seven to ten months.
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.
On August 24, 2021, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry published a directive in the Gazette of India Extraordinary that will officially permit India to import 1.2 million metric tons (MMT) of soybean meal and soy cake derived from genetically engineered (GE) soybeans through October 31, 2021.