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  • 24-Oct-2011 East African
    Kenya walking tightrope on EPAs talks

    The outcome of the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations scheduled for December will determine the future of trade between the East African Community bloc and European Union.

  • 16-Sep-2011 CNA
    Beef issue pivotal to resumption of TIFA talks: US official

    A visiting high-ranking US official said Thursday that Taiwan’s ban on the importation of specific American beef products is a challenging issue that needs to be addressed before talks can resume over the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between the two sides.

  • 10-Jul-2011 Taipei Times
    Officials indicate ractopamine ban remains in place

    Taiwan is in no hurry to lift the ban on a lean growth-enhancing agent, the cause of a major trade dispute with the US, as the international food standards setting body again failed to advance maximum residue limits (MRLs) for the additive, government officials said yesterday.

  • 13-Apr-2011 CNA
    Beef issues affect US-Taiwan free trade talks: U.S. official

    The lingering beef dispute was why Taiwan has been unable to hold a new round of high-level trade talks with the United States and why it has lost congressional support for the negotiation, according to a US official Tuesday.

  • 19-Mar-2011 Taipei Times
    US ties visa waivers to progress on beef exports to Taiwan

    Taiwan has been informed that the import ban on US beef products containing ractopamine residue could have repercussions for the nation’s long-standing request to be included in the US visa-waiver program

  • 7-Mar-2011 CNA
    Taiwan, US at odds on beef issue

    The Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) talks were postponed by the United States in January after Taiwan blocked some shipments of US beef upon finding that they contained residue of ractopamine, an animal feed additive banned in Taiwan

  • 24-Jan-2011 Taeipei Times
    TIFA talks shelved over beef dispute

    The US has decided to postpone a trade meeting with Taiwan later this month amid a dispute over US beef, the Central News Agency reported yesterday, citing unnamed Taiwanese officials.

  • 20-Jan-2011 Korea Times
    FMD ― a manmade disaster

    Free trade agreements aggravate the animal pandemic further by preventing one country from rooting it out fundamentally because of mandatory import and consumption of foreign meat products.

  • 18-Nov-2010 Business Daily
    Kenya picked for new EU food safety training

    EU regulations on food safety have undergone many tests with the latest farm-to-fork traceability demand, putting pressure on developing states to adjust their sanitary and phytosanitary control systems to match the European standards.

  • 15-Nov-2010 The Hindu
    India: No import of US dairy products for now

    In recent bilateral talks during US President Barack Obama’s visit to India, the Agriculture Ministry made it clear that India will subject US dairy products to the same protocol and veterinary certification as was applicable to other countries, and that India would have to be sensitive to religious sentiments.

  • 28-Sep-2010 CTA
    Sanitary, phytosanitary and technical barriers to trade in EPAs

    This paper from ICTSD sets out a common vision on issues that could constitute sanitary, phytosanitary and technical barriers in EPAs and investigates how abusive use of these provisions could be an obstacle to market access.

  • 17-Sep-2010 Kyodo
    US makes no specific request for easing Japan’s beef import curbs

    The United States made no specific request for relaxing Japan’s beef import restrictions over mad cow disease at a two-day bilateral working-level meeting that ended in San Francisco on Wednesday, Japanese officials said Thursday.

  • 12-Sep-2010 Bloomberg
    Japan stance ’unchanged’ on US beef imports for talks, ministry says

    Japan will maintain its stance on restricting some U.S. beef when officials from the two countries hold talks next week, the agriculture ministry said today.

  • 9-Aug-2010
    PM panel issues dictum for trade talks, cautions against diversions

    The Trade & Economic Relations Committee (TERC), headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has directed the commerce ministry and its negotiators to guard against possible trade diversion and creation of inverted duty structures by India’s FTA partners.

  • 30-Jun-2010 Hankyoreh
    Lee administration considers expansion of US beef imports

    Experts say measures implemented after the 2008 candlelight vigil demonstrations may be sacrificed for ratification of the KORUS FTA 

  • 17-May-2010
    Notes on the Association Agreements with the European Union

    The EU proposes that the parties be empowered to collaborate on the practical implementation of domestic rules regulating access to genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, innovations, and practices on their territories, so as to guarantee compliance with those provisions. This is a case of interference with national sovereignty, unquestionably for the benefit of European pharmaceutical corporations.

  • 17-May-2010
    Notas sobre los convenios de asociación de la Unión Europea

    La UE propone que las Partes pueden colaborar en la aplicación práctica de las normas domésticas que regulan el acceso a recursos genéticos y conocimientos tradicionales asociados, innovaciones y prácticas en sus territorios para asegurar el cumplimiento de aquellas disposiciones. Este es un caso de intervención en la soberanía de los países, sin duda para beneficiar los intereses de las empresas farmacéuticas europeas.

  • 13-May-2010 Arab News
    Canada seeks full access to Saudi beef market

    Canada, which lost millions of dollars in beef trade opportunities with Saudi Arabia following the outbreak of mad-cow disease, is now seeking full access to this lucrative Saudi market. There is also talk of possibly holding negotiations for a free trade agreement and a general investment protection accord with the Gulf states.

  • 29-Apr-2010 Bridges
    EU moves toward new rules on animal welfare

    The EU is starting to consider new rules on animal welfare that could have significant impacts on its trading partners.

  • 27-Apr-2010 MinnPost
    Beef in Taiwan: Tongues, tails and testicles

    US beef has become a political issue across East Asia. After North Korean nukes and the value of the Chinese yuan, it’s one of the biggest headaches for American diplomats.

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