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May 26, 2017
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On May 24, Denmark's Høringsportalen posted draft MRL amendments under consideration by the European Union's Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed. These include:

  • SANTE/10656/2016 Rev. 1Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain FZB24, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain MBI 600, Beauveria bassiana strain NPP111B005, Beauveria bassiana strain 147, clayed charcoal, cyclaniliprole, dichlorprop, ethephon, etridiazole, flonicamid, fluazifop-P, hydrogen peroxide, metaldehyde, penconazole, spinetoram, tau-fluvalinate and Urtica spp.
  • SANTE/11706/2016 Rev. 2: fenpropidin and pymetrozine

 Relevant proposed MRLs have been added to the Global MRL Database.

BCI Staff visit California cherry packing facilities
May 26, 2017
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Last week, members of BCI’s trade policy and marketing teams visited two California cherry packing facilities to observe their operations during the harvest season.  BCI staff watched as cherries arrived on trucks from the orchards, learned about measures in place to ensure high product quality, and spoke with the industry about their processes.  The team also toured the facilities to view optical sizers and packing lines in action.

On behalf of the California cherry industry, BCI works with the California Cherry Board (CCB) on trade policy and market access issues to ensure smooth shipments to international markets.  BCI also manages the industry’s international marketing program to expand exports of California cherries across the globe.

Pictured from left to right: Adam Hollowell, BCI Trade Policy Specialist; Chiles Wilson, Principal Owner/President of Rivermaid Trading Company, Sarah Gelpi Hooker, BCI Marketing Accounts Manager; and Laura Huerta, BCI Research and Trade Policy Analyst. Not pictured: James Christie, BCI President.

May 26, 2017
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On May 26, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) announced a food additive application concerning the use of thermolysin as an enzyme.

Australia & New Zealand's food additive regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database, although enzymes typically do not fall within the scope of the database. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

May 25, 2017
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On May 25, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) published Amendment No. 170 establishing MRLs for avilamycin in specific pig commodities. These MRLs were previously proposed via Application A1133

Established veterinary drug MRLs appear in the veterinary drug section of the Global MRL Database. Please note that we are currently upgrading this section of the Global MRL Database to improve both its design and scope of veterinary drug MRLs. Once this upgrade is completed, users will also be able to subscribe to additional data and features not currently available.

May 25, 2017
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On May 25, an amendment to the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Food Standards Code was published. The amendment concerns including Oryzin (protease) as a processing aid. Changes take effect on May 25, 2017. 
  

Australia & New Zealand's food additive regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database, although enzymes typically do not fall within the scope of the database. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

May 25, 2017
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On May 25, the U.S. EPA amended tolerances for residues of fenazaquin, flazasulfuron, and isopyram in or on several commodities.

Objections and requests for hearings must be received by July 24, 2017. The amended MRLs will be available in the Global MRL Database on May 26, 2017.
May 25, 2017
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On May 25, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) proposed MRLs for nicosulfuron on sorghum and dodine on bananas. 

PMRA will accept comments on the proposed MRLs through August 7, 2017. Relevant proposed MRLs will display in the Global MRL Database on May 26, 2017. 

May 24, 2017
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Recently, Chile’s Ministry of Health published an updated consolidated version of its food additive regulation. Effective dates regarding specific changes are noted in the document. 
 

The International Food Additive Database, which includes Chile's food additive regulations, has already been updated to reflect all relevant changes. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

May 24, 2017
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On May 24, Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) notified the WTO of draft amendments proposing MRL changes for the following active ingredients:

Comments on these proposals are due by May 27, 2017. Relevant proposed MRLs will display in the Global MRL Database on May 25, 2017.

May 24, 2017
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On May 19, Mexico’s Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) published an amendment to Annex X of its food additive regulations regarding processing aids. The amendment is available in Spanish and is effective from May 19, 2017. 

BCI's Food Additive Database includes maximum use level regulations for Mexico, although processing aids typically do not fall within the scope of the database. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI.

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