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EUROPEAN DAIRY SECTOR ENCOURAGED BY RUSSIA LOOSENING IMPORT BAN TO COPE WITH COVID-19

Moscow’s action on 90% demineralized whey powder followed up an announcement made in March 19 by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin that from March 20 “for one month, all restrictions on the supply of essential goods, including customs, are cancelled”. This was followed up by a government plan allowing for the easing of sanctions-related restrictions – see http://static.government.ru/media/files/vBHd4YRxpULCaUNNTFLVpPSZbMCIA2Zq.pdf…

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GROWING DESIRE FOR WELLNESS EXPANDS SALE OF NICHE BEAUTY PRODUCTS FOR EXERCISE AND ATHLETICS

Comprised of a dry shampoo, deodorant, face moisturiser, lip balm, and more recently, body lotion, the line is sold only in North America and available in gym or travel sizes.  “For over 20 years, lululemon has been focused on solving athletes’ needs.…

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INDIA: BANKNOTES FOR VOTES CORRUPTS BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

AS the afternoon heat ebbs in the middle of this Indian summer, a police team block a major highway outside the city of Nashik, in the western state of Maharashtra, rolling in wheeled yellow-coloured barricades. Soon a traffic jam builds up and policemen move from one car to another in search for cash, often hidden in door cavities or spare wheels.With…

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COMMISSION SETS STRICTER CMR LIMITS FOR TEXTILES

The rules amend existing restrictions in the REACH chemicals regulation 1907/2006. They set maximum concentration limits for chemicals “particularly harmful in case of frequent contact with human skin”, the Commission said in an October 10 press note.

Permitted levels range from 1mg/kg for cadmium, chromium, arsenic, and lead to 3,000mg/kg for N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF).…

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WORLD’S SMALLEST COMMERCIAL RUNWAY REBUILT – IN SABA, DUTCH CARIBBEAN

The runway spans just 400 metres overlooking steep cliffs serving an island which is a dormant volcano with few stretches of flat land. The operator, Saba’s island government, has said that with Saba (population around 2,000) having no asphalt plant, longer-lasting concrete was a better financial choice.…

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SUCCESSFUL SPIRITS ENTREPRENEURS BUILD NEW HIGH-END RUM FACTORY ON GRENADA

The USD25 million Renegade Rum facility – due to open on July 1 – aims to eventually produce one million litres of exclusive, terroir-derived rum every year.

Using local sugarcane juice, rather than molasses, Renegade owners Mark Reynier, John Adams and Sir John Mactaggart plan to create premium rum at the distillery, near Upper Conference, St Andrew’s Parish, 11 miles north-east of Grenada’s capital, St George’s.…

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WOOL INDUSTRY NEEDS TO GIRD ITS SUSTAINABILITY REPUTATION – IWTO MEETING TOLD

THE WOOL industry worldwide needs to bolster its reputation for sustainability, amidst increasing siren attacks on its marketing position from animal rights and environmental activists, the 2018 International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) Wool Round Table, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, heard this month (December 3-4).…

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GROWTH IN ECO-PAINTS BRIGHTEN SLUGGISH PERFORMANCE BY GERMAN PAINT SECTOR IN 2018

GERMANY’S paint and coatings sector seems set in stasis, with 2018 expected to be another year with a slight market downturn. That said, increased interest in sustainability continues to drive the demand for more ecologically friendly products.

Given the sluggishness of overall sales, the German industry has viewed with relief results from 2018’s third quarter, where the national coatings and printing ink sector saw a rise in exports.…

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TRADE WAR OR NOT, CHINA SEEKING ALTERNATIVES TO US SOYBEANS

The US and China at the G20 meeting in early December settled for a 90-day suspension of their bilateral trade war including a halt to any additional tariffs, but sourcing patterns are not going to become business-as-usual any time soon for China’s soybean sector.…

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EU RELEASES REGULATION DEMANDING EXTRA DATA ON NANOPARTICLES IN MINERAL-BASED CHEMICALS

 

MANUFACTURERS and users of chemicals made from minerals, and chemical mineral processing agents within the European Union (EU), will from January 2020 have to check whether the chemicals they use contain nanoparticles. If they do, they will have to assess their safety and report the results to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).…

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