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FR17-013 Member States propose amendments to cadmium limits at Council Working Group meeting 15 Mar 2017

To counter the Northern European Bloc within the EU pressing for lower cadmium limits, and in order to move a percieved impasse within the Council Working Group, AIC and other like minded stakeholders working through AEEP (Alliance Europanees Engrais Phosphates) organised a meeting at the Polish Permanent Representative’s offices in Brussels recently. It was hosted by the Polish Head of Trade for the EU, to which member state representatives from Bulgaria, France, UK, Poland, Spain, Portugal and Romania were invited.

G17-033 ECHA confirms that glyphosate should not be classified as a carcinogen, mutagen or toxic for reproduction. 15 Mar 2017

In June 2016 glyphosate was re-authorised for use in the EU for an 18 month period. This followed a drawn-out process where member states were unwilling to support reauthorisation due to the politics which surrounded glyphosate in some member states.

CP17-007 Glyphosate : further information on the ECHA classification 15 Mar 2017

Member Briefing G17-033 indicated that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has classified glyphosate as; | Eye damage category 1, H318 and

G17-032 Defra publishes policy review on GHG emissions from agriculture 14 Mar 2017

Today Defra published a policy review of the GHG Action Plan for Agriculture (England) . This is in response to its own independent review and with reference to the Industry’s GHGAP Plan progress report published last year.

BR17-002 Agri-Brexit Coalition: Uniting voices on agricultural supply, trade, technology and advice 13 Mar 2017

AIC is one of the eight co-founders of the Agri-Brexit Coalition, which comes into being this week and has been created specifically to deal with issues pertinent to AIC Members and others involved in the agrisupply industries and professions.

F17-012 EU Concerns over adulteration of yeast from Russia 13 Mar 2017

The European Feed Compounders Association, FEFAC, has been contacted by EU officials following a number of cases where yeast intended for animal feed imported from Russia has been found to have been adulterated with urea.

F17-011 FEMAS Maize Aflatoxin Protocol - March Update 13 Mar 2017

Based on results submitted by feed businesses, AIC in conjunction with other scheme owners (Coceral GTP, GMP Plus International, OVOCOM FCA, QS and EFISC) have updated the country risk assessments for maize. This month, after receiving a significant number of acceptable results on maize from Slovakia, it has been decided to move this source from "Medium" risk to "Low".

FR17-012 AIC Lobbies Envi Rapporteur at EU Parliament. 07 Mar 2017

  | AIC fertiliser sector together with other members of the ‘Pro 80 mg Cd’ lobby AEEP; hosted a lunchtime workshop at the European Parliament last week.

FR17-011 Action Counters Terrorism Campaign launched 07 Mar 2017

The UK security services launched a new campaign – Action Counters Terrorism, ACT – this week, to highlight the role that members of the public and businesses can play in preventing terrorist attacks. The campaign focusses on real cases where information from the public played a key role in thwarting terrorists’ plans, and builds on the “ It’s probably nothing, but…” posters and leaflets publicising the Anti-Terrorist Hotline.

F17-010 Food Standards Scotland update on new enforcement arrangements 06 Mar 2017

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) have written to local authorities and stakeholders with an update on their plans to change the way animal feed legislation is enforced in Scotland. The plans are summarised in the attached stakeholder letter, with more detail on the process and future plans available from the FSS website .

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