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Japan FTA talks welcomed by EU meat industry

EU meat industry welcomes EU-Japan free trade talks

By Alan Osborn and Keith Nuthall

The European Union’s (EU) meat industry federation believes a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan, whose talks were authorised last week (Thursday), could safeguard and could even increase Europe’s share of the Japanese pork market.

Vietnam also faces Japanese heat on ethoxyquin

Vietnam also faces Japanese heat on ethoxyquin

By Ankush Chibber

After India, Vietnam has become the second seafood-exporting nation to face the brunt of new Japanese regulations that will lower the acceptable levels for a key anti-oxidant used in fishmeal.

Probiotic drinking yoghurts slide a little, spoonables ride better

Probiotic drinking yoghurts slide a little, spoonables ride better

By Shane Starling

Sales of probiotic drinking yoghurts like Yakult and Danone Actimel are flatlining or dropping in most western European markets, and even in Japan where the concept was born, but BRIC markets are surging, and spoonables are shining brighter.

Health claim substantiation rules are tightening in China

China set to slash approved health claims by a third

By Shane Starling

Amendments to 2009 laws that saw 27 health and nutrition claims approved in China will see the number reduced to 18, as momentum grows toward a European Union-style emphasis on human clinical data.

Schröder: resume talks

Schröder: resume talks

Following the failure of the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in Cancún, Mexico, German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder issued an appeal to all parties concerned to resume talks as soon as possible.

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