The EU and New Zealand have struck a “new generation of trade deal”, but not everybody is happy with the policies included in the package.
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The European Federation of Foie Gras (Euro Foie Gras) and Copa-Cogeca - the united voice of farmers and agri-cooperatives in the EU – has welcomed the European Parliament’s vote against the ban of assisted feeding for foie gras production.
The group of European food chain organisations has urged the European Commission to rethink the Farm to Fork strategy so as not to destabilise the continent’s food supply.
The ban was put in place after the BSE outbreak of the 1990s, which resulted in the culling of millions of cattle and the deaths of hundreds of people. The European Commission, however, has kept the ban on intra-species recycling.
Copa-Cogeca has commended the fruit and vegetable sector for its efforts during the first wave of COVID-19, but a survey has highlighted that the British public aren't convinced the UK food sector can handle a second wave.
Market threats are said to include poor climatic conditions and cheap honey imports from China.
The call comes as tensions between the USA and its trading partners are on the rise.
Three European trade bodies have issued a reminder to member states not to go soft on misleading practices.
European Parliament ministers have failed to reach a resolution over relicensing the controversial herbicide glyphosate once again.
The EU Parliament has failed to agree to renew the licence for the sale of glyphosate, an active ingredient in many domestic and industrial herbicides. Some even called for it to be banned entirely by 2022.