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Russia: Full Ban on Food with GMOs

(July 1, 2016) On June 29, 2016, the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the upper chamber of the legislature) adopted the Federal Law on Amending Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation in Regard to Improvement of State Control in the Field of Genetic Engineering. (Press Release, Federation Council, Ban on Growing and […]

Taiwan: Proposed Amendment to School Health Act Would Ban Use of GM Foods

(Dec. 10, 2015) It was reported on December 1, 2015, that the Legislative Yuan (the primary parliamentary body of the Republic of China (on Taiwan)) is currently reviewing an amendment to Taiwan’s School Health Act that would ban genetically modified (GM) ingredients and processed foods containing them from educational institutions throughout the country.  (GM Food […]

Brazil: Decree Launches National Pact for Healthy Eating

(Nov. 10, 2015) On November 3, 2015, Brazil published Decree No. 8,353, which creates a National Pact for Healthy Eating (Pacto Nacional para Alimentação Saudável). The purpose of the Pact is to expand the supply, availability, and consumption of healthy foods and to combat overweight, obesity, and disease caused by a poor diet. (Decreto No. […]

Japan: New Wine Labeling Regulation

(Nov. 4, 2015) Japan did not previously have regulations on the labeling of wine made from grapes, except for the industry’s own regulations. As more wine is drunk in Japan and more domestic manufacturers make wines, clearer regulations have been sought by consumers. (Alcohol Tax Division, 16th Meeting Minutes (June 17, 2015), National Tax Council […]

Iceland/European Union: Reduction in Import Duties, Increase in Quotas for Agricultural Products

(Oct. 20, 2015) On September 17, 2015, Iceland’s government and the European Union agreed on new terms for agricultural trade. (Press Release, EU and Iceland Strike Deal to Protect Geographical Indications and Enhance Trade for Agricultural and Food Products (Sept. 18, 2015) EUROPA.) Under the new agreement, Iceland will reduce the tariffs on agricultural products […]

Finland: Tax on Chocolate and Sweets to Be Eliminated 2017

(Oct. 7, 2015) On September 29, 2015, a Finnish Financial Parliamentary Committee decided to end the tax on sweets that has been in force since 2011. The decision will take effect on January 1, 2017. (Press Release, Statsrådet [Finnish government], Punktskatten på sötsaker och glass slopas 2017 [Excise Duty on Sweets and Ice Cream Will […]

Russia: Ban Introduced on Use of GMOs in Food

(Oct. 6, 2015) On September 18, 2015, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Arkadii Dvorkovich, said at a business forum that Russia will not produce genetically modified food but that research on genetic modifications for medical and other purposes will continue. (Government Decided to Leave Russia Without Genetically Modified Products, NEWSRU.COM (Sept. 18, […]

Scotland: GM Crops Ban

(Aug. 27, 2015) Public opinion in the United Kingdom in the past has been strongly against the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically modified (GM) crops. (Adam Vaughn, Public Concern over GM Food Has Lessened, Survey Shows, GUARDIAN (Mar. 9, 2012); Martin Robbins, Hulk Smash GM Crops, GUARDIAN (May 30, 2012) (accessed via […]

Thailand: Alcohol Banned Near Educational Institutions

(Aug. 14, 2015) On July 22, 2015, the Office of the Prime Minister of Thailand issued an amendment to the country’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Act. It will enter into force 30 days after publication. (Note to Readers: Clarification on New Laws Curbing Alcohol Sales in Thailand, KHAOSOD ENGLISH (July 27, 2015); Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, […]

Canada; Denmark; Norway; Russia; United States: Fishing Declaration Covering Central Arctic

(July 21, 2015) Five countries that ring the Arctic Ocean, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia, and the United States, signed a declaration in Oslo on July 16, 2015, designed to prevent unregulated fishing in the central part of that ocean. (Press Release, U.S. Department of State, Arctic Nations Sign Declaration to Prevent Unregulated Fishing in the […]