According to a report, the number of European Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) notifications went up in 2023.

Overall, 1,993 SPS notifications were submitted by World Trade Organization (WTO) members. While the total number dropped by 8.2 percent compared with 2022, EU notifications increased by 19 percent.

Most notifications issued by the EU in 2023 concerned feed additives, followed by pesticides. Food safety generated the majority of SPS notifications, followed by animal health.

The EU submitted 125 notifications, which lifted the region from 5th to 4th place. Brazil ranked first due to the notification of pesticide MRLs, followed by Japan and

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The Government in the United Kingdom has dropped plans to get rid of European laws by the end of 2023.

The Retained EU Law Bill (REUL) will be amended, removing a clause that would have scrapped any EU-derived laws that hadn’t already been replaced, repealed, or integrated into UK domestic law by December.   

More than 2,400 pieces of EU legislation were kept in UK law at the end of the Brexit transition period. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) identified eight pieces of EU law that are no longer required in the UK. The regulations are known as statutory instruments.

“We have reviewed

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Ukraine is moderately prepared to meet EU requirements in the area of food safety, according to the European Commission.

Details come from reports published by the EU Commission assessing the capacity of Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia to meet the obligations of EU membership. Moldova and Georgia applied to be member states in March 2022.

Ukraine was judged to have some level of preparation in consumer and health protection. The country applied for EU membership in February 2022, after it was invaded by Russia. A scale used by the EU Commission goes from an early stage, some level of preparation, moderately

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Seven new trade issues discussed at the latest World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting on food safety involved the European Union.

Countries raised 52 specific trade concerns (STCs), 10 of them for the first time, at the WTO Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures earlier this month.

A range of issues was covered, including pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLs), animal diseases, and COVID-19-related measures.

New STCs included meat restrictions, sanitary certification requirements, regulation on animal health certificates, food safety standards, and vitamin D3 regulations.

South Africa is unhappy about EU import restrictions on ostrich meat, and Russia raised concerns about

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The European Commission has looked at progress in the food safety systems of countries that are trying to become EU member states.

The reports cover many sectors and developments in the past year in Kosovo, Albania, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnia and Herzegovina was found to have made no progress in the area of agriculture, which includes food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy, and fisheries, where preparation is mostly at an early stage.

Bosnia’s Salmonella control
The country must align legislation on food safety, and veterinary and phytosanitary policy with the EU and strengthen administrative capacities. More efforts are also

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Checks on certain food imports from Europe have been delayed once more by the government in the United Kingdom.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, Brexit opportunities minister, said the approach will be revised before coming into force by the end of 2023.

Full checks on animal and plant products from the EU were scheduled to have started in July 2022, following previous postponements starting from when the UK left the European Union.

Controls introduced in January 2021 on the highest risk imports of animal and plant products will continue. Full checks would include export health certificates and physical controls at borders. Some initial
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Brazil has again gone to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in a dispute with the European Union about controls of Salmonella in poultry meat.

The South American country has requested dispute consultations with the EU about measures on the import of salted poultry meat and turkey meat with pepper.

Brazil claims the EU’s approach to Salmonella food safety criteria on fresh poultry meat and some poultry meat preparations intended to be eaten cooked are inconsistent with WTO’s agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which creates “unjustified barriers” to trade.

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The European Union is providing more than 30 vehicles for use by authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina for phytosanitary inspections as well as food controls and monitoring.

The 33 new off-road vehicles worth €467,000 ($540,000) will be used by authorities in the country to support alignment with EU standards. Bosnia and Herzegovina is not yet an EU member country.

Food and feed chain monitoring will be faster, the delay from taking a sample during border inspections until the final analysis will be shortened, and the time spent on issuing phytosanitary certificates will be reduced.

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The United Kingdom has again pushed back border control checks for some food products imported from the European Union.

The UK government cited the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses and supply chains for the decision.

New post-Brexit requirements on importing products of animal origin were due to be introduced beginning next month with controls now planned to be phased in during 2022. The EU imposed requirements on British food exports to the region beginning in January 2021.

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Requirements for pre-notification of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) goods, which were scheduled to be introduced in October, are
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The overall risk to food safety has not increased as a result of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The authority officials also said the agency has not seen any evidence to suggest there is more of a risk from food crime or food fraud.

However, the revised timetable for introducing import controls could reduce the FSA’s ability to trace such consignments and control problem products at the border. Currently, the EU is doing checks on UK meat and fish exports but the UK is not looking at these EU imports.

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