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The Ministry of Health is the competent authority for identifying principles, procedures, and enforcement related to health claims made on the labels, presentation, and advertising of foods and food supplements for the end consumer.
Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries invites public comments on proposed revisions of the Japan Agricultural Standards for cross laminated timber (CLT), sawn lumber (except dimension lumber), and flooring through July 2, 2024. Comments must be submitted in Japanese.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Malaysia: Exporter Guide Annual

The Malaysian food and beverage sector continues to grow steadily. U.S. exporters can expect new opportunities in the expanding food manufacturing sector especially for food ingredients.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Mexico: Tomatoes and Products Annual

Mexico’s 2024 tomato production is forecast at 3.30 million metric tons (MMT), a two percent increase over 2023, driven by export demand and investment in protected agriculture systems.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has opened a 60-day consultation on their draft National Potato Wart Response Plan. The consultation will remain open for comment until July 26, 2024.
New export establishment registration applications that have been submitted in the U.S. FDA Export Listing Module (ELM) and GACC Bureau of Import Export Food Safety (BIEFS) China Import Food Enterprises Registration (CIFER) system since January 2022 are now being processed to allow U.S. exporters to register their manufacturing, processing, and storage facilities subject to Decree 248.
On December 7, 2023, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new Regulation on the protection of animals during transport to replace Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005.
On May 10, 2024, the Moroccan market opened for U.S. seed potatoes. The United States and Morocco agreed to the final requirements for import during the Plant Health Bilateral Meetings between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Morocco’s sanitary authority (ONSSA) from May 6-10, 2024.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Brazil: Coffee Annual

Brazil’s total coffee production for marketing year 2024/25 (July-June) is forecast at 69.9 million bags (60 kilograms per bag), green bean equivalent, a 5.4 percent increase over the previous crop year.
The Dominican Republic, through its Ministry of Industry, Commerce and SME’s (MICM), announced the activation of the CAFTA-DR agricultural safeguard measure for imports of mozzarella cheese from the United States on May 22, 2024.
The Hong Kong market has developed into a dynamic wine export destination since the abolishment of wine tariffs in 2008. The slow recovery of the global economy dampened the city’s global imports of wine in 2023.
The Government of Japan (GOJ) has opened the public comment period for the “amendment of positive list of synthetic resins used for food apparatus, containers, and packaging.”