From February 18 to 22, 2018, Dubai will be hosting a new edition of GulFood, the world’s largest annual food event. After the successful experience at GulFood 2017, the Nut and Dried Fruit Pavilion will be present again at the show and, moreover, this time will be featured in a larger format.
Space for Co-Exhibitors is sold out but sponsorship opportunities are still open, allowing companies to increase their visibility and reputation.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam notified the World Trade Organization of the Circular on Ensuring Food Safety for Foods of Plant Origin. This regulation sets the implementation and amendment of measures to ensure the food safety for foods of plant origin under the management authority of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has received several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
The Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock/General Directorate of Food and Control of Turkey notified the World Trade Organization of the regulation laying down maximum levels for certain contaminants (nitrate, mycotoxins, metals, dioxins, 3-MCPD, PAH, melamine, inherent plant toxins) in order to protect human health.
South Korea: Standards and Specifications for Foods
The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety of the Republic of Korea notified the World Trade Organization of the Proposed Amendments to the Standards and Specifications for Foods. Among others, the amendment establishes and revises the maximum residue levels (MRLs) for 78 pesticides, including Deltamethrin, and the MRLs for 237 unregistered pesticides, which are indicated as provisional MRLs. In addition, the "General Test Methods" are revised.
The Saudi Food and Drug Authority notified the World Trade Organization of the draft Technical Regulation for Food Packages - Part 1: General Requirements and Part 2: Plastic package - General requirements.
On July 3, 2017, the European Commission published a Notice relating to the provision of information on substances or products causing allergies or intolerances as listed in Annex II of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers. This Notice refers to the list of allergens, allergen information for prepacked foods and allergen information for non-prepacked foods.
The European Commission published the Regulation 2017/1777 of 29 September 2017 amending Annexes II, III and IV to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the maximum residue levels (MRL) for some pesticides.
According to the European Federation of the Trade in Dried Fruit & Edible Nuts, Processed Fruit & Vegetables, Processed Fishery products, Spices, Honey (FRUCOM), the European Commission is discussing the establishment of Ochratoxin A (OTA) levels for dried fruit, nuts and seeds.
According to the Almond Board of California (ABC), France has completed its review on the dossier requesting an EU MRL for fosetyl-Al/phosphonates in tree nuts. The dossier, which supports an MRL of 400-500 mg/kg for the tree nut grouping, has been forwarded to the European Safety Authority (EFSA) for consideration.