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  • 20-Mar-2013 EurActiv
    France draws red lines for EU-US free trade negotiations

    Food safety, GMO cultivation and France’s cherished “cultural exception” for audiovisual services are non-negotiable areas in view of upcoming EU-US free trade talks, the French stressed. The message was apparently well received by the European Commission in Brussels.

  • 26-Feb-2013 CNA
    Premier vows to keep ban on US pork containing ractopamine

    Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-hua said Monday that the ban on US pork containing leanness-enhancing drugs will "definitely" not be lifted while he is in office. Jiang was speaking two weeks before the issue is likely to be put on the agenda of an important round of trade talks between Taiwan and the United States.

  • 5-Feb-2013 Euractiv
    In move towards trade talks, EU to lift ban on some US meats

    Brussels and Washington want to deepen a relationship that accounts for a third of global trade, and ending the EU import ban on live pigs and beef washed in lactic acid is meant to show the Europeans are serious about a deal.

  • 5-Feb-2013 Reuters
    Importation de viande : l’UE plus tendre avec les Etats-Unis

    L’Europe prend acte de l’impasse des négociations à l’Organisation mondiale du commerce et multiplie les accords bilatéraux. Elle vient d’assouplir sa position sur l’importation de viande en provenance des Etats-Unis.

  • 29-Jan-2013 La Presse Canadienne
    Boeuf canadien: le Japon revoit ses règles

    Le ministère des Affaires étrangères du Japon a annoncé lundi qu’il permettrait l’importation de viande bovine provenant de bêtes âgées de moins de 30 mois, et ce, à compter du 1er février.

  • 10-Jan-2013 Ip-health
    Transatlantic trade talks near lift-off

    Like putting an astronaut on Mars, a US-EU bilateral transatlantic trade deal has been a long-held dream of policy makers that seemed always out of reach. Yet Brussels and Washington are edging closer to the launch pad.

  • 9-Jan-2013
    Canada-EU trade talks continue this month, but Canadian ultimatum on beef too tough for EU tastes

    The New Year has barely begun and European trade negotiators are already in Ottawa for more work on a comprehensive, "gold standard" Canada-EU trade and investment deal (CETA), reports Stuart Trew

  • 3-Dec-2012 Food Poisoning Bulletin
    Group presses White House for consumer protections in trade negotiations

    A bipartisan group has asked the Obama Administration to ensure public health is protected as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement is negotiated. Two countries involved in this agreement, Vietnam and Malaysia, are seafood exporters and have raised red flags.

  • 12-Nov-2012 Phuket Business News
    ASEAN set to ink deals with China

    ASEAN and Chinese leaders are set to ink two Free Trade Agreements at a bilateral summit later this month: one on sanitary and phytosanitary (animal and plant health) standards; the other would give officials more flexibility in facilitating growth between ASEAN and China.

  • 23-Oct-2012 IPS
    Treaty tolls death knell for Mexican countryside

    The Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations, which Mexico is to join in December, are threatening to eliminate the last defences of the country’s agricultural sector.

  • 10-Oct-2012 Bloomberg
    Japan easing restrictions on US beef, paving way for Tyson

    Japan, Asia’s largest beef importer, will consider taking additional steps after easing restrictions on US shipments, widening opportunities for exporters such as Tyson Foods Inc. while ensuring supply to local retailers.

  • 8-Jul-2012 Taipei Times
    US pushes trade partners to lift ractopamine ban

    The Office of the US Trade Representative yesterday urged US trading partners to eliminate any trade barriers caused by a ban against the use of leanness-enhancing feed additive ractopamine, following a Codex Alimentarius Commission decision to establish maximum residue levels (MRLs) for the drug in beef and pork.

  • 11-Jun-2012 AFP
    Taiwan activists protest against U.S. beef

    Larger trade talks between Taiwan and the United States have stalled as a result of the country’s indecision about accepting US beef imports.

  • 8-Jun-2012 CNA
    Activists protest at AIT over US beef import row

    Activists demonstrated at the American Institute in Taiwan Friday to protest what they called Washington’s highhanded attitude in forcing Taiwan to open its doors to US beef containting residue of the leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine.

  • 1-Jun-2012 CNA
    TIFA talks may resume by year end if beef row ends: official

    Vice Economics Minister Francis Liang said Thursday if Taiwan can resolve its beef dispute with the United States, the two sides will be able to resume talks this year under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement.

  • 31-May-2012 Taipei Times
    AIT denies tying beef to TIFA, visa waiver

    The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday denied that the AIT was “menacing” Taiwan, as the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) put it, by tying a resumption of trade talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) to the US beef issue.

  • 29-May-2012 Korea Times
    Mad cows and sheepish responses

    This is a response to the irrational passivity in Korean policy after BSE-tainted U.S. beef was found in California and the Seoul government failed to take strong enough action on beef imports.

  • 2-May-2012
    Aprovechamiento sanitario del TLC

    Al interior del TLC, los asuntos sanitarios tienen, como el yin y el yang de antiguas religiones agrarias del Lejano Oriente, dos asuntos de importancia: la explotación inteligente de las nuevas oportunidades comerciales que ofrece el TLC y el fortalecimiento sanitario nacional.

  • 25-Apr-2012 NZ Herald
    Mad-cow scare stalls US beef sales in Sth Korea

    South Korean agriculture officials are considering whether to formally suspend delivery of US beef to stores by halting quarantine inspections, preventing it from clearing customs.

  • 5-Mar-2012 Taipei Times
    ANALYSIS: Academics lambaste US’ ractopamine safety data

    Local experts in hygiene and veterinary medicine have urged the US to squarely face the challenges posed by the scientific evidence on which it has based its contention that US beef containing the lean meat-enhancing feed additive ractopamine is safe for human consumption, before it presses Taiwan to handle the issue scientifically.

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