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Japan: 242nd Food Safety Group

On July 16, 2021, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) proposed revisions to Japan’s maximum residue levels for 11 agricultural chemicals (MCPA, MCPB, Captan, Cyazofamid, Pyriofenone, Fluoxastrobin, Procymidone, Mandestrobin, Cypermethrin, Albendazole, and Zeranol) for various agricultural commodities.
A French ban on the sales of fruit and vegetables with identifying stickers threatens exports of U.S. sweet potatoes (approx. $20 million in sales annually) and grapefruits ($8 million annually).
The COVID-19 crisis and the closure of the European hospitality sector during much of the past year kept EU imports of U.S. beef into its High Quality Beef (HQB) quota well below availability.
On June 30, 2021, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a new directive extending the compliance timeline for the implementation of regulations governing the import of specialty food products for inborn errors of metabolism (IEM) and hypoallergenic conditions.
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European Union: EU Grain Situation Update

MY2021/22 EU total grain production is now anticipated at 293.3 MMT. Abundant rainfall in April and May, while bad for timely spring planting operations, improved soil moisture across the EU and alleviated drought concerns.
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India: Grain and Feed Update

The 2021 monsoon kicked off with some force in June, reaching four-fifths of the Indian subcontinent.
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Chile: Raisin Annual

For MY2021/22, Post projects 59,000 MT of raisin production and 56,200 MT of exports. This will represent a one percent decrease in Chilean raisin production and exports.
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South Africa: Grain and Feed Update

South Africa should remain a net exporter of corn in the 2021/22 marketing year (MY) on excess supplies.
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Canada: Grain and Feed Update

Intense heatwaves, strong winds, and lower-than-average precipitation will negatively impact MY 2021/22 wheat production in vast areas of the Canadian prairies.
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Brazil: Export Opportunities for US Wines

Brazil reached robust sales growth figures for wines in 2020, reaching 380 million liters or 15 percent higher compared to 2019.
Areas within two South African provinces have been plunged into violent civil unrest following protests on the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma on July 8, 2021.
The Government of Japan (GOJ) published a report outlining measures to address next steps in the Export Expansion Action Strategy for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Products and Food.