Europe

EU, U.S. fire starting gun for free trade talks

The United States and the European Union agreed on Wednesday to push for the launch by the end of June of talks to create the world's biggest free trade alliance, which could be a benchmark for global competitors to follow. FULL STORY »

Russia consumer safety watchdog sees long U.S. meat ban

A Russian ban on U.S. beef, pork and turkey imports coming into effect this month is likely to last for a long time, Gennady Onishchenko, the head of Russia's consumer safety watchdog, was quoted as saying by Interfax on Monday. FULL STORY »

Canada, EU fail to settle differences over free trade pact

Canada and the European Union failed to settle their differences on a proposed free trade deal this week at top-level talks to hammer out an agreement that is already well behind schedule. FULL STORY »

EU leaders agree to push for U.S. trade deal

European leaders agreed on Friday to push for a free-trade pact with the United States, putting the onus on the White House to decide whether to try for a deal that would encompass half the world's economic output. FULL STORY »

Europe removes agriculture barriers to U.S. trade talks

The European Union dropped its ban on some U.S. meat imports on Monday in a gesture aimed at starting talks on a free-trade pact that would encompass about half the world's economic output. FULL STORY »

Russia may block some North American meat over ractopamine

Ractopamine is used as a feed additive by livestock producers in the United States and Canada and elsewhere. But countries such as China have banned its use amid concerns that traces of the additive could persist, despite scientific evidence stating that it is safe. FULL STORY »

EU meat tax proposed

The Swedish government is pushing for a meat tax to help curb the environmental impact of meat production, but officials don’t want to stop there. They would like to see the meat tax enacted throughout all of the European Union. FULL STORY »

Russia says Brazil could raise beef imports after additive ban

Brazil could end up increasing beef exports to Russia, its biggest buyer, after banning a controversial feed additive that promotes muscle growth in animals such as pigs and cattle, Russia's food safety watchdog said on Thursday. FULL STORY »

USDA, USTR ask Russia to suspend new testing for meat

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk have issued a statement in response to Russia's new requirements that U.S. beef and pork exports to Russia be tested and certified free of the feed additive ractopamine. FULL STORY »

U.S. trade deal could be a lot for Europe to swallow

Can Europeans, who have balked for years at many U.S. food imports, accept a free-trade agreement with the United States that opens the door for imports of genetically modified crops and chickens cleaned with chlorine? FULL STORY »

U.S. Senate nears vote on Russia trade, rights bill

The U.S. Senate is expected to approve a bill this week to upgrade trade relations with Russia and to penalize Russian human rights violators, sending it to President Barack Obama to sign into law, congressional aides said on Tuesday. FULL STORY »

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