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July 13, 2020
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On June 30, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare posted Food Safety Update 0630 No. 1 affecting several active ingredients.

Relevant MRL changes are available in the BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database

July 10, 2020
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On July 10, Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety published an amendment, in Korean, to the Korean Food Additives Code.

The BCGlobal Food Additive Database, which includes Korea's food additive regulations in English, will be updated by July 13 to reflect all relevant changes following translation and analysis of the amendment. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

July 10, 2020
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Betty Thomas joined BCI’s Sacramento office in July 2020 as a member of the Research and Information Services team. Betty predominantly contributes to the customized weekly BCI Monitor, newsletters researching and reporting on key developments in market access, technical regulations, and trade policy that affect BCI’s clients.

Prior to joining BCI, Betty interned at the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. There she worked with the Cochran Fellowship Program on the WTO SPS/TBT and Latin American and Caribbean programs.

Betty is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She holds a BS in Agribusiness with a concentration in Policy and Law and minors in Spanish, Economics, and International Systems in Agriculture. She also holds a MS from Mississippi State in Agricultural Economics, where her thesis studied the consumer purchasing response to mandatory GE food labels in the United States. While in college, she studied abroad in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, conducted economic research in Havana, Cuba, served as Student Association Treasurer, and was a Farm Foundation Cultivator.

July 10, 2020
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On July 10, Taiwan notified the WTO of a proposed amendment to its food additive regulations. International comments are due by September 8, 2020. 

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

July 9, 2020
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On July 9, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published reasoned opinions on the modification of the existing MRLs for fludioxonil and copper compounds.

Proposed MRLs from these reasoned opinions will display in the BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database on July 10, 2020.

July 8, 2020
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Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) recently announced proposed MRL changes for several active ingredients. These changes were reported via the United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service.

Relevant proposed MRLs will be available in the BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database on July 9, 2020.

July 7, 2020
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On July 6, the U.S. EPA established tolerances for residues of S-metolachlor and oxathiapiprolin in or on various commodities.

Objections and requests for hearings must be received on or before September 4, 2020. The established MRLs will be available in the BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database on July 8, 2020.

July 7, 2020
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On July 1, Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) published a food additive amendment  (in Portuguese). The amendment is effective from July 1, 2020.

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

July 6, 2020
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On July 2, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a reasoned opinion on the review of the existing MRLs for amisulbrom in various crops and products of animal origin.

Proposed MRLs from this reasoned opinion will display in the BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database on July 7, 2020.

July 6, 2020
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Tamara Thorberg joined BCI in July 2020 as a member of the Market Development team. In her role, Tamara manages a number of client marketing accounts and is responsible for strategic planning, activity planning and implementation, researching/writing grant proposals, financial management, and more.

Prior to joining BCI, Tamara worked as a Tourism Manager in the International Tourism department at Visit Seattle - the official destination marketing organization for Seattle & King County. She was responsible for promoting Seattle as a world-class leisure destination in the Asia-Pacific markets. Tamara also served as an Events & Programs Manager at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, where she organized trade missions to South America, Europe, and Asia.

Born in Japan, raised in Hawaii, and a dual citizen of Iceland and the United States, Tamara has a strong passion for international relations and travel. Tamara is a graduate of the University of Washington, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minor in International Studies. Tamara also studied at Humboldt University of Berlin in Germany. 

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