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Sarah Gelpi Judges Culinary Competition at UpperCrust in Mumbai
December 10, 2018
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India is an emerging market for the U.S. cranberry industry, and BCI works with the Cranberry Marketing Committee to increase awareness and utilization of U.S. cranberries through a mix of promotional, educational, and trade relations activities.  As a part of these efforts, CMC leads a USDA-funded Global Broad-Based Initiative project in India in collaboration with California Walnuts, USA Pears, the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, and Washington Apples to promote the use of these U.S. agricultural products as premium ingredients. 

At the UpperCrust Food and Wine show this weekend in Mumbai, BCI Marketing team-member Sarah Gelpi served as a judge for a culinary and mixology competition during which these products were featured in dishes and cocktails made by budding and professional chefs and mixologists.  Sarah said: “The creativity in using our U.S. agricultural products—including the fusion into Indian cuisine—was great to witness and to taste.  Activities like these reinforce the idea that U.S. ingredients like cranberries are versatile, and can complement Indian flavors well.  And while India does have a reputation for being difficult to penetrate, the market potential is evident.  With a growing middle-class, solid economic growth, and increasing demand for healthier foods, the market is ripe for development for products like U.S. cranberries.”   
December 7, 2018
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Recently, Argentina updated the Argentinian Food Code through Resoluciónes Conjuntas 9/2018, 18/2018, and 14/2018. These updates include food additive information. They are effective from November 22, 2018 for 9/2108 and 18/2018 and November 23, 2018 for 14/2018. 

 
Argentina’s food additive regulations are included, in English, in the Food Additive Database. The database will be updated by December 14 to include these updates. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

December 7, 2018
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On December 7, the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service published a Food and Agricultural Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) report for the Czech Republic

The European Union’s food additive regulations are included in the Food Additive Database. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI.

The Global MRL Database currently displays relevant established and proposed MRLs for the Czech Republic.

December 6, 2018
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On November 29, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) announced proposed MRL changes for isopyrazam, etofenprox, fenpyroximate, mandestrobin, flumequine, mono- and bis- (trimethylammoniummethylene chloride)-alkyltoluene, and butylated hydroxyanisole. These changes were reported via the United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service.

Comments are due to the Embassy by December 13, 2018. Relevant proposed MRLs will be available in the Global MRL Database on December 7, 2018.

December 6, 2018
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On December 6, the USDA Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) published FSIS Directive 7120.1 Revision 48. This directive lists safe and suitable ingredients, including food additives, used in the production of meat, poultry, and egg products.

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

December 5, 2018
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On December 5, New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) published Food Notice: Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds, which is a consolidated MRL standard that includes amendments proposed in September 2018.

The amended MRLs will be available in the Global MRL Database on December 6, 2018.

December 5, 2018
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The U.S. EPA recently established tolerances for residues of oxytetracyclinebixafen, clomazone, bifenthrin, and dinotefuran in or on various commodities.

Objections and requests for hearings must be received by February 4, 2019. The amended MRLs will be available in the Global MRL Database on December 6, 2018.

December 5, 2018
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On December 4, the Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) published Gazette No. 24 - 4 December 2018. Pages 24-28 of the gazette list draft MRLs and page 33-34 lists amendments to MRLs for pesticides in or on various commodities.

Comments on the draft MRLs must be submitted to the APVMA by January 9, 2019. Relevant proposed and amended MRLs will display in the Global MRL Database on December 6, 2018.

December 5, 2018
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On November 21, Argentina’s Directorate of Domestic Trade Policies and Competition published an amendment to the standard for infant foods. The standard includes food additive information. It is effective as of November 22, 2018. There is a grace period for compliance until November 22, 2019. 

 

Argentina’s food additive regulations are included, in English, in the Food Additive Database. The database will be updated upon the compliance date of the amendment. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

December 4, 2018
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On December 4, Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare notified the WTO of a draft amendment to its food additive regulations. Comments are due by May 28, 2019.

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

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