Food and agricultural products imported to the European Union may soon have to meet the E.U.’s health and environmental standards.

Food and agricultural products imported to the E.U. come primarily from Argentina, Brazil, China, Switzerland, Turkey, Indonesia, Ukraine, Ivory Coast and the United States.

Those countries would have to comply
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is implementing temporary import conditions for romaine lettuce from the Salinas Valley in California for the 2021 growing season.

The conditions apply to romaine from Santa CruzSanta ClaraSan Benito, and Monterey.

Between Sept. 30 and Dec. 31, 2021, importers of

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Phytosanitary certificates will have to accompany most plants and plant products — including some foods — entering the European Union (EU) counties beginning Dec. 14.

The new EU rules mean expanded inspections for U.S. plant products. Before plants and other raw and minimally processed plant products can enter EU member
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) has expressed “continued concern” about part of a draft regulation put forth by the European Union.

Veterinary Services officials at APHIS say their fears, first raised in 2017, relate to a list requirement for raw materials intended for
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The FAO is helping Ukraine improve the safety of its fishery products and boost exports to Europe.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN said based on findings of an assessment in 2016 and conversations with food safety authorities it identified a need for specific protocols in fisheries and
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Fresh produce growers in the U.S. will have an easier time exporting fruits and vegetables now that an international group has given its stamp of approval to a federal food safety audit program.

The nod from the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) announced Monday grants technical equivalency to the USDA’s
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On Tuesday, China joined a growing list of countries barring U.S. poultry imports after avian influenza was found in backyard chicken and guinea fowl flocks in Oregon and Washington. More than 30 countries have banned or restricted the import of poultry originating in one or both of those states.
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