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February 21, 2017
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On February 21, India notified the WTO of a proposed amendment to its food standards. The draft proposal contains food additive information. Comments are due April 22, 2017.

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

October 14, 2016
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On October 11, Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) posted proposed revisions (link in Korean) to their food regulations, including extensive MRL changes.

Comments on this proposal must be submitted by November 11, 2016. Relevant proposed MRLs will be added to the Global MRL Database by October 28, 2016.

October 7, 2016
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On October 7, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) opened a public consultation on the active substance dimethenamid-P. Comments on the rapporteur Member State’s assessment reports must be sent to EFSA by December 7, 2016.

The European Union's currently established dimethenamid-P MRLs are available in the Global MRL Database.

January 25, 2016
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Last week, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a systematic literature review on Parkinson's disease and childhood leukemia and mode of actions for pesticides.

July 30, 2014
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently posted an unofficial translation of China's draft 2014 Food Safety Law. This draft is the most recent revision to China's proposed Food Safety Law, which was first published in October 2013.

China's domestic comment deadline is July 31, 2014. China is being strongly encouraged by FAS to notify this draft to the World Trade Organization (WTO) prior to its adoption and implementation.  Should China decide to notify the WTO, an international consultation period would likely be initiated.

March 26, 2014
March 13, 2014
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On March 13, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance orthosulfamuron.

December 16, 2013
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On December 7 in Bali, Indonesia, World Trade Organization (WTO) members agreed to a comprehensive multilateral trade agreement coined the “Bali Package” which encompasses a variety of issues from the Doha Round of the WTO talks. 

Some key measures in the Bali Package include a trade facilitation agreement and an amended tariff-rate quota (TRQ) administration process. The trade facilitation agreement is anticipated to reduce trade costs and customs delays. The TRQ text is non-binding, but it strongly encourages members to refrain from using export subsidies.

The full text of the trade facilitation agreement can be accessed here, and it is anticipated that the U.S. will implement the agreement within two years, according to media sources.

November 27, 2013
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China's Food and Drug Administration recently released the draft revisions to its Food Safety Law, which was implemented in 2009.   The draft law has not yet been notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO), causing transparency concerns across U.S. food industries.

There are several new provisions within the revised draft law which have potential implications for U.S. food exporters.  For example, new traceability conditions would require the establishment of purchase inspection and an outgoing inspection for food, raw materials, additives and other inputs.  The law also appears to require on-site inspections of foreign producers exporting to China.  Additionally, new documentation requirements, including the requirement for an inspection certificate, appear to indicate that U.S. agencies would be responsible for pre-shipment testing of exports destined for China.  There is also new language covering the development of national food safety standards as well as local government and ‘enterprise' standards. 

Further details on the requirements of the new draft regulation can be found in the following report from USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Should China notify the WTO of the draft food safety law, an international comment period is anticipated to follow.

October 25, 2013
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On September 1, 2013, Bryant Christie Inc. launched the new International Maximum Residue Level (MRL) Grower Priority Database.  This database will allow US grower groups to share their crop protection MRL needs in foreign markets with both the US government and with chemical registrants.  The database was funded with a Technical Assistance for Specialty Crop (TASC) grant from the US Department of Agriculture and is supported by the Minor Crop Farmer's Alliance.

Differing pesticide MRL values across nations is a growing trade barrier.  Growers and shippers might use an approved crop protection product domestically and find that because of a lack of a MRL in a foreign market, the shipment is rejected costing tens of thousands of dollars.  This issue has become more prevalent over the last decade as countries such as Canada, the European Union, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and Hong Kong have overhauled their MRL regulatory systems, often establishing new national MRL lists.  Frequently these list can differ from US MRLs, which pose a challenge to exporting

The Grower Priority Database allows US grower groups to identify for governments and registrants where there are gaps between US and foreign market regulatory policies and to prioritize which needs are most critical for avoiding trade disruptions.  Current markets in the database are Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, and a place to share international Codex priorities.  Hong Kong will be added in 2014.  In addition to identifying priorities, grower groups can also provide comments as to why a certain need exists in a given market.  Registrants can also respond with their own comments regarding the priorities. 

The database allows growers to share their needs, allows registrants to determine which commodities are seeking foreign MRLs for their compounds, and allows the US government to determine which priorities might be shared with a foreign government when priorities are sought.

The database is located at www.mrlpriority.com.

Please contact Bryant Christie Inc. with any questions regarding the Grower Priority Database.   

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