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September 21, 2017
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On September 21, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) published a call for submissions regarding protein glutaminase for use as an enzyme in various foods. Comments are due by November 2, 2017.

Australia & New Zealand's food additive regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

September 20, 2017
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This month saw the publication of a book coauthored by Bryant Christie Inc.’s Vice President for Global Access Matt Lantz and former staffer Alyse McConnell. Declining International Cooperation on Pesticide Regulation; Frittering Away Food Security is one of few books published concerning the challenges to international agricultural trade posed by differing international pesticide Maximum Residue Level (MRL) standards. 

Differing MRL standards have been an increasing problem for the last decade as more and more countries have developed their own unique pesticide regulations with standards that are not harmonized at international levels or with those of trading partners. The result is a variety of MRLs, causing food that is perfectly legal in its country of origin to be rejected upon arrival in an export market due to differing or missing standards. The cost to shippers and industry reputations can be enormous. 

The book provides background on this issue, outlines how serious the problem is, reviews how different countries address international MRL issues, and proposes options for minimizing negative effects on trade while providing for consumer safety.

The book is published by the Palgrave Studies in Agriculture Economics and Food Policy and can be purchased at: https://www.palgrave.com/la/book/9783319605517

September 20, 2017
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On September 20, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRL for bifenazate in soya bean.

Relevant proposed MRLs from this reasoned opinion will display in the Global MRL Database on September 21, 2017.

September 20, 2017
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On September 20, Health Canada published a food additive proposal concerning modifications to the List of Permitted Preservatives. Comments are due by December 3, 2017.

  
Canada's food additive regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

September 20, 2017
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On September 20, the U.S. FDA published a confirmation of the effective date of August 3, 2017 for a final rule concerning spirulina extract that was published on July 3, 2017.

The United States' food additive regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

September 19, 2017
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On September 19, Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) published draft amendments proposing changes for diuron and emamectin benzoate (links in Portuguese).

Comments on these proposals must be submitted by October 19, 2017. Relevant proposed MRLs will display in the Global MRL Database on September 20, 2017.

September 19, 2017
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On September 15, the European Union notified the WTO of proposed MRLs for chlorpyrifos, chlorpyrifos-methyl, and triclopyr in or on certain products. The proposed date of adoption for these MRLs is March 2018.

Comments are due by November 13, 2017. MRLs from this proposal will display in the Global MRL Database on September 20, 2017.

September 19, 2017
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On September 14, Costa Rica's State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) published an updated list of MRLs adopted by Costa Rica. The MRLs in the list are applicable to domestic and imported products and are updated periodically throughout the year.

Adopted MRLs will display in the Global MRL Database on September 19, 2017.

September 18, 2017
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On September 15, the U.S. EPA announced the receipt of pesticide petitions to establish or modify MRLs for several active ingredients.

Comments must be received by October 16, 2017. MRLs from this proposal will display in the Global MRL Database on September 19, 2017.

September 18, 2017
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On September 15, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) proposed MRLs for tolpyralate on various commodities.

PMRA will accept comments on the proposed MRLs through November 29, 2017. Relevant proposed MRLs will display in the Global MRL Database on September 19, 2017.

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