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Hong Kong authorities reported a detection of COVID-19 virus on imported frozen cuttlefish from Malaysia. Detections were identified on the slice surface and its inner packaging during precautionary testing at the point of entry.
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.
Seeking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus through imported foods, the Macau government has been testing chilled and frozen foods and their packaging. After one year of monitoring, Macau did not identify any virus-contaminated shipments.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Japan: ALIC Continues COVID-19 Dairy Support Payments

As part of the 2020 Japanese Fiscal Year (JFY) third supplementary budget the Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation (ALIC) received 17.6 billion yen ($161 million) to operate a COVID-19 countermeasure support program for cattle fattening...
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 27, 2021, the South African government announced that the country would be under a heightened, level 4 lockdown as a result of the rise in COVID-19 infections and the increase in hospital admissions.
On June 27, 2021, South Africa re-introduced the prohibition of the sale, dispensing and distribution of liquor products for 14 days due to the recent surge in COVID-19 infections. This is the fourth ban on liquor products since the start of...
The Government of Japan (GOJ) declared a third state of emergency (SOE) on April 28, 2021, in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Burma: Pandemic and Coup Reduce Wheat Consumption

Wheat consumption is forecast to decrease in 2021 due to economic contraction and cash shortages post-coup and the continued negative impact from COVID-19.
India’s online grocery market grew by 80 percent to $2.66 billion in 2020 primarily due to COVID-19 and the resulting lockdown. The sector is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years.
COVID-19 has shaped food trends in South Korea with online food sales growing by 46 percent in 2020 to $17 billion.
In March 2021, Iceland’s Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture announced his intention to allocate ISK 970 million ($7.5 million) in financial support for Icelandic sheep and cattle farmers.