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Russia Sanctions Row Turns Into a Food Fight

In response to increasing pressure from individual and sectoral sanctions imposed by the United States, EU, Canada, Norway, and Australia, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced today that Russia will impose a total ban on imports into Russia of beef, pork, poultry, fish, preserved meats, sausages, fruit, vegetables, nuts, cheese, milk and dairy products from those countries.  The ban is to last for one year and is effective immediately.  While Mr. Medvedev suggested that the ban could be reconsidered within the one year time frame if the situation were to de-escalate, he also suggested that broader retaliatory measures could be taken if Western sanctions continue.  

News reports indicate that the ban could have significant effects on EU producers, for whom Russia is the second largest market.  EU pork had already been banned by Russia at the outset of EU sanctions, inflicting particular pain on Polish pork producers, who rely heavily

Update: Canada Poised to Respond if COOL Requirements Stay As Is in the Farm Bill

A decision has not come down from the U.S. Court of Appeals regarding the USDA’s Country of Origin Labeling “COOL” law , but Canada is positioning itself to launch a trade-war with the United States just in case.

Earlier this week, the Farm Bill was passed by the House of Representatives and made its way to the Senate for approval.  A Senate vote is expected next week, but Canadians are not hopeful for an amicable settlement as the House did not make any substantive changes to the country of original labeling requirements.

Since 2008, when COOL was initially adopted, Canada has dissented, claiming that the it is far too costly and injures the meat industry.  Gerry Ritz and Ed Fast, Canada’s Federal Agriculture Minister and International Trade Minister made the following combined statement:

“By refusing to fix country-of-origin labelling, the U.S. is effectively legislating its own citizens out of

Want to Export Diary Products to China?

January 20, 2014

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China has recently modified the requirements for imports of milk and dairy products into the country, and FDA is working to assist US producers and manufacturers compete in the Chinese market.  FDA has begun preparing a list of milk product manufacturers and producers who want to export into China, as China has indicated that products from manufacturers and producers not on the list may be denied entry into China.  For purposes of this list, “milk product” does not include raw milk, but does otherwise include milk products as identified in 21 C.F.R. 1240.3(j).

Participation in the list is voluntary, and interested entities “cannot be subject to any pending judicial enforcement action or a pending FDA warning letter, and would need to either have had a FDA inspection within 3 years, or be on the Interstate Milk Shippers List or the U.S. Department of Agriculture list, Dairy Plants Surveyed and

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