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New guidelines for adhesives in plastic food packaging

New guidelines for testing adhesives meant for plastic food packaging have been released by the Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry (FEICA). We have access to the document, which outlines the specific guidelines for conformity testing of adhesives as components of food contact materials, and would like to offer you a news story on these updates.

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Meeting discussing additives in animal feed

We propose covering the plenary meeting of the European Food Safety Authority’s ‘scientific panel on additives and products or substances used in animal feed’ (FEEDAP), in Brussels, Belgium July 12-14. Experts will discuss, among other things, a draft scientific opinion on the potential reduction of the currently authorised maximum copper content in feed. We can offer coverage of the key issues and opinions emerging from this meeting. What are the challenges facing meat producers in this area and what are the potential solutions?

 

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Hong Kong recession to hit the auto sector

There is a possibility that Hong Kong's economic recession may be hitting the auto sector hard. Hong Kong looks headed for recession with an economy that contracted 0.40 percent on quarter in the three months to March 2016, compared to 0.2 percent growth in the previous period. It was the first contraction since the second quarter of 2014 and the biggest since 2011. Hong Kong’s economy is heavily dependent on exports and slumping tourism and merchandise trade has negatively affected growth. How will a recession affect HK’s new car sales and imports? New ...
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Upcoming banking and legal summit in India

The 3rd Annual Banking & Finance Legal Summit 2016 will be held by Lex Witness on June 24, 2016 in Mumbai.This highly anticipated summit will deliberate the legal and regulatory implications of the banking, finance and insurance sector, and discuss topics such as debt restructuring and recovery challenges, insolvency and bankruptcy codes, non-performing assets change dynamics and disputes, CDR Scheme for MSMEs, etc. Confirmed speakers include Abhimanyu Singh Poonia, general counsel for the Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Amol Apte, AVP legal at Future ...
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Virtual EU currency task force to be created

Members of the European Parliament have said that the European Commission should set up a taskforce to monitor virtual currencies to prevent their being used to launder money or finance terrorism. MEPs passed this non-binding resolution noting the taskforce should build expertise in the underlying technology of virtual currencies and recommend any necessary legislation.

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Danish domestic pork market share drops while chicken meat catches up

In Denmark chicken meat is catching up on pork which however still leads the market, according to the Danish Food and Agriculture council. We could do a follow up story to see if chicken meat producers are benefiting from the drop in pork and what has led to it with comments from industry experts. Between 2013 and 2015, the pork market share has gone down from 39.1% to 35.9%. During the same period chicken meat market has gained slowly but steadily from 22.4% to 23.5%.

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India goes high tech to beat waste

The southern Indian city of Visakhapatnam is going to introduce GPS enabled chicken waste collection to ensure that the waste is not thrown on the street. Waste collection vehicles will have GPS tracker which will record all the places where it has stopped for collection. For compliance daily entries will be matched with the database of butchers and poultry producers at different locations. Such a system is already in place in another Indian city. We want to look at the potential effectiveness of this system, how much it costs and its potential for its additional ...
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EU packaging event

There will be an event tomorrow hosted by MEP Karl-Heinz Florenz, as well as the EU’s packaging and environmental association, Europen. We wanted to offer coverage as the event's focus will be on the EU's long-running plans to create a circular economy. As you know, the European Commission has been reviewing how it achieves this, and the recycling of waste plastic is a key part of the policy.

Speakers at the event include Mr Martin Reynolds: EUROPEN Chairman, CROWN Europe; and Mr Hans van Bochove: EUROPEN Vice-Chair, Coca Cola Enterprises.

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Japan lifts 15-year ban on Italian beef

Japan has lifted its 15-year ban on imports of Italian beef. Japan had banned beef from the EU in 2001 based on concerns over Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). Japan has already opened its market to beef from other member states such as France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Denmark and Sweden.

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New sheep could see China’s market share grow

We would like to propose a news feature looking at how China is developing new domestic wool supplies to create a more sustainable, high-end knitwear sector. The country has cultivated a new fine-wool sheep named Mountain Merino, which can be adapted to the coldness and aridness of high altitude, according to the country’s ministry of agriculture. The new breed can adapt to an altitude range of 2400-4070 meters with its wool as thin as 19.1-21.5 micrometers and also fills the gap of high-altitude fine-wool sheep cultivation in the world.This piece would explore ...
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New EU rules on medicated feed

The European Parliament’s agriculture committee has backed a report of new rules on medicated feed. These aim to harmonise standards across Europe and encourage more responsible use of medicines such as antibiotics. The parliament will now negotiate a final text with the Council of Ministers.

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Norwegian seal hunt gains government funding

The Norwegian Fisheries Minister announced last week that he would give NOK 2 million (around EUR210 000) to the seal hunt against the vote of the parliament on the government budget for 2016. This is despite controversy over the seal hunt and seal products – furs and leather - that has led to jurisdictions such as the US, Mexico, EU, and Russia banning them in some way.

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EU agreements to fight cigarette smuggling

An idea regarding an upcoming European Parliament meeting. MEPs will quiz the Commission on the four agreements currently in force between the EU and Philip Morris International (PMI), Japan Tobacco International (JTI), Imperial Tobacco Limited (ITL) and British American Tobacco (BAT) to fight cigarette smuggling. Members will ask for an assessment, including the possible financial implications, and will question whether these agreements should be prolonged. The agreement with PMI is due to expire in July 2016.We can attend the Parliament meeting and get all the ...
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China's excess steel capacity

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China has said in a new report that China’s government efforts to address excessive production capacity including in steel have failed due to, for instance, regional protectionism, weak regulatory enforcement, low resource pricing, and misdirected investment.

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Scotland's confusing food labels

Scotland’s confusing food labels are contributing to food waste and could hinder the government’s circular economy strategy, according to Approved Food, a large online retailer of short-dated and residual stock food. Approved Food surveyed 2,079 people from across the UK on their food waste habits and found more than 50% of people across Scotland throw away food that is approaching or past its best-before date despite it being perfectly safe to eat. Scotland plans to reduce food waste by 33% by 2025.

 

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The EU's new skills agenda

The European Union Council of Ministers yesterday debated how to better link education to the skills needed in the market. The outcomes will help shape a European Commission policy initiative "A New Skills Agenda for Europe", which is expected to orient education EU higher education policy, expected for May. In the debate, ministers noted the importance of upgrading numeracy, literacy and digital skills of all students.

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Potential impact of TTIP on meat sector

A piece looking at the potential benefits and detriments of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and EU for the meat sector as negotiations reach the twelfth round. For instance, Copa-Cogeca has noted that protectionism should be avoided and that areas such as processed food exports in particular could benefit from the deal. However, the organisation has warned there is a lack of progress on eliminating red tape and non-tariff barriers to trade.

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Adidas wins case to oppose similarly-designed shoe

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Adidas may oppose Belgium-based Shoe Branding Europe’s application to register a shoe with two parallel stripes on the side as a trade mark. This is similar to Adidas’ mark, which is a shoe with three parallel stripes on the side. This decision overturns an earlier decision by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) that dismissed Adidas’ opposition.

 

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European Commission approves equity firm’s control over shoe retailer Kurt Geiger Topco

The European Commission has approved Cinven Capital Management General Partner Limited’s (UK) sole control over shoes and accessories retailer Kurt Geiger Topco Limited (Cayman Islands). Cinven is a private equity business providing investment management and investment advisory services.

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EU lifts 4 year fresh ostrich meat ban from S.Africa

The European Union has lifted a four-year ban on the import of fresh ostrich meat from South Africa following an outbreak of H5N2 avian flu. We could talk to South African ostrich meat exporters for a story assessing the importance of the EU market for the industry. The 2011 outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza strain hit the 1 billion rand ($80 million) industry, which exports meat, leather and feathers to its main EU market. The industry has recovered slightly with the export of processed or pre-heated meat."Resuming exports to the EU will play an ...
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Dairy cow cull threatens US beef quota mark

The high rate of dairy cows currently being culled has sparked concerns that New Zealand beef exports to US could see it run out of its 2015 quota. We could do a follow up on this assessing its possible impact on New Zealand beef sector. Most of these cows are sent to the American market as manufacturing beef for hamburgers, but so many were being killed in response to the slump in milk prices that  New Zealand may run out of its quota going into the USA, Beef+Lamb New Zealand farmer council chairman Martin Coup said. New Zealand's tariff rate quota for beef ...
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Indonesia prepares to increase cattle permits amid soaring beef prices

Indonesia is preparing to significantly increase permits for live cattle imports, with a meeting of key officials at the presidential palace expected to determine a new, higher quota until the end of the year. We propose a follow up story on this assessing to which extent the move will help ease soaring beef prices in the country with comments from industry experts. It comes as some Indonesian butchers in Jakarta and Banding walked off the job in protest at soaring beef prices. High beef prices are also angering consumers and food hawkers, providing political ...
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New ERBD-financed Coca-Cola plant in Tajikistan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing finance for a new Coca-Cola drinks bottling plant in Tajikistan.

The Bank’s loan will be used by Coca-Cola Beverages Tajikistan to refinance loans provided by Coca-Cola İçecek A.Ş. to set up a green-field soft drinks bottling plant in the suburbs of Dushanbe, the capital city of Tajikistan. 

The state-of-the-art production plant will produce up to 100 million litres of beverages per year.

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Scottish government banning GMO crops

The Scottish government has announced it will formally ban genetically modified crops, such as those used for animal feed, from being grown in the country. This follows the granting of recent EU powers that allow devolved administrations to opt out of a more relaxed regime. 

*We want to offer a news piece on this.

*We can also offer a follow up feature looking at the position being taken or considered by other EU regional governments – using our network of writers.

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Indian government suing Nestle

The Indian government is suing Nestle for USD100 million over its ‘unfair trade practices’. The complaint against Nestle is that it caused damage to consumers through misleading advertisements related to its Maggi noodles product, which was banned in India after the food safety regulator said Nestle was not complying with food safety laws.

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EU farmers concern over methane rules  

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has backed a review of EU Air Quality Policy, which farmers are warning will hit the EU livestock sector hard.

They are upset about what they see as unrealistic targets called for in the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NEC), opposing fixing methane targets in the agriculture sector.

 

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Slovak bank gets EU money  

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is investing

EUR8.5 million in bonds issued by SIJ-Slovenska Industrija Jekla d.d., the largest specialised steel manufacturer in Slovakia.

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Tobacco directive concern - additives  

 

A European Commission scientific committee has proposed 57 chemicals that could be part of the priority list of tobacco additives, which would trigger enhanced reporting obligations under the EU Tobacco Products Directive.

These includes caramel colours, carob bean extract, cocoa, glycerol and guar gum. 

The additives were proposed based on their toxicity, attractiveness to the consumer and role in increasing tobacco addiction.

 

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EFSA concern over flavouring  

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has raised concerns over the flavouring substance p-Mentha-1,8-dien-7-al, also called “Perilla aldehyde”, which is added to some drinks to produce a pungent citrus smell and a woody, spicy, citrus taste.

The substance has been proven to damage DNA in animals.

Would you like some copy? If you do, we would  be glad to supply it.

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Argentina wins foot-and-mouth disease case against USA

THE WORLD Trade Organisation (WTO) has told the USA it has broken WTO rules by maintaining restrictions on imports of Argentine beef and livestock following a 2001 outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in northern Argentina. The panel ruled despite the USA lifting restrictions on exports from Patagonia last August (2014), and last month announcing trade bans on beef from northern Argentina would go in September (2015). A WTO disputes settlement panel has ruled the USA was too slow to lift restrictions and its bans were not based on solid science. We have the details ...
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