World food price index falls for fifth month in August

World food price index falls for fifth month in August

PARIS, Sept 2 (Reuters) - The United Nations food agency's world price index fell for a fifth month in a row in August, further from all-time highs hit earlier this year, as a resumption of grain exports from Ukrainian ports contributed to improved supply prospects. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Friday that its price index, which tracks the most globally traded food commodities, averaged 138.0 points last month versus a revised 140.7 for July. The July figure was previously put at 140.9. The index has fallen from a record of 159.7 in March, hit after Russia's invasion…
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Instant noodle makers ask Thailand for price hike after 14-year peg

Instant noodle makers ask Thailand for price hike after 14-year peg

BANGKOK, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Instant noodle makers asked Thailand on Monday to allow them to charge more for their products to meet rising costs, potentially paving the way for the first price hike in the staple for 14 years. The prices of instant noodles and other staples are controlled under Thai law. Five producers of noodle brands including, Mama, Wai Wai and Japan's Nisshin said they were seeking approval from the Commerce Ministry to increase prices of their products from 6 baht ($0.17) to 8 baht ($0.23). Some companies have previously been denied requests to increase prices by the…
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U.S. says Ukraine war making 40 million people go hungry, Africa to bear brunt

U.S. says Ukraine war making 40 million people go hungry, Africa to bear brunt

The United States' ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Friday said Russia's invasion of Ukraine will cause 40 million people to become food insecure and that sub-Saharan Africa will be hardest hit. The United States has secured $4.5 billion for food security at the G7 summit, of which it has contributed $2.76 billion. There are also plans for the U.S. to contribute $150 million in new humanitarian development assistance to Africa pending congressional approval, she added. African governments have largely avoided taking sides in the European conflict, and have refused to join Western condemnation and sanctions. Africans "don't…
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FAO says food prices fell again in July

FAO says food prices fell again in July

LONDON, Aug 5 (Reuters) - The United Nations food agency's world price index declined again in July, edging further away from record highs hit in March. The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) food price index, which tracks the most globally traded food commodities, averaged 140.9 points last month versus a revised 154.3 for June. The June figure was previously put at 154.2. The July index was still 13.1% higher than a year earlier, pushed up by the impact of the invasion of Ukraine, adverse weather and high production and transport costs. "The decline in food commodity prices from very high…
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UPDATED: Ukraine ready to ship grain, awaits signal for first shipment

UPDATED: Ukraine ready to ship grain, awaits signal for first shipment

ODESA, Ukraine, July 29 (Reuters) - Ukraine is ready to start shipping grain from two Black Sea ports under a U.N.-brokered agreement but no date has been set for the first shipment, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said on Friday. He told reporters in the southern port of Odesa that 17 vessels trapped by a five-month Russian blockade of Ukraine's Black Sea ports were already loaded with grain, and another was now being loaded. He hoped the first vessels would start leaving port by the end of this week.  Russia and Ukraine are major global wheat suppliers, and the agreement they signed…
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Dairy prices fall as weak demand outweighs tight supplies

Dairy prices fall as weak demand outweighs tight supplies

July 20 (Reuters) - Global dairy prices are now trading at 10-month lows, as once resilient demand has fallen off, particularly from China where widespread COVID-19 lockdowns are taking a toll on the economy. The downward move comes even as milk supplies remain tight worldwide due to dry weather in New Zealand, and as rains in Australia and the war in Ukraine pushed up feed costs for dairy farmers, particularly in Europe and the United States. The Global Dairy Trade price index fell 5% overnight, adding to a drop of 4.1% in the prior auction in early July. The index is now…
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Half of Britons changing food-buying habits to cope with cost-of-living crunch

Half of Britons changing food-buying habits to cope with cost-of-living crunch

LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) - Almost half of Britons are changing what they buy to feed their families as they try to navigate a worsening cost-of-living crisis, according to survey data published on Wednesday. The research from food assurance scheme Red Tractor and polling firm YouGov found that 46% of people are changing their buying habits, with 30% purchasing less meat and 13% buying less fruit and vegetables. They said 24% of shoppers are trading down, or buying what they perceive to be lower quality products. Their research also showed an 8% dip in trust in UK food since Red Tractor published…
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France to cut nitrites in food after agency confirms cancer risk

France to cut nitrites in food after agency confirms cancer risk

France said it intends to cut the use of nitrites in food after the national health agency confirmed they raise the risk of cancer, falling short of a full ban feared by processed meat makers who use it in products such as ham and sausages. The move follows a French parliament bill in February aiming to gradually reduce the use of nitrites in cured meats, calling on the government to act based on the outcome of a review and recommendations by health agency Anses. Anses' review, published on Tuesday, confirmed a World Health Organization report in 2018 linking nitrates and…
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Food prices fall in June, cereal output seen slightly higher, U.N. agency says

Food prices fall in June, cereal output seen slightly higher, U.N. agency says

World food prices fell for a third consecutive month in June, but remained close to record high levels set in March, the United Nations' food agency said on Friday. The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) food price index, which tracks the most globally traded food commodities, averaged 154.2 points last month versus a revised 157.9 for May. The May figure was previously put at 157.4. Despite the monthly decline, the June index was still 23.1% higher than a year earlier, pushed up by the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, concerns over adverse weather, strong global demand and high production and…
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World hunger rising as U.N. agencies warn of “looming catastrophe”

World hunger rising as U.N. agencies warn of “looming catastrophe”

World hunger levels rose again last year after soaring in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Ukraine war and climate change threatening starvation and mass migration on an "unprecedented scale" this year, according to U.N. agencies. Up to 828 million people, or nearly 10% of the world's population, were affected by hunger last year, 46 million more than in 2020 and 150 million more than in 2019, agencies including the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Programme and World Health Organisation said in the 2022 edition of the U.N. food security and nutrition report. World hunger levels remained…
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Canada to slap warning labels on sugary, salty and fatty foods

Canada to slap warning labels on sugary, salty and fatty foods

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Foods high in sugars, sodium and saturated fat will come with clear warning labels in Canada starting in 2026, the federal government said this week, in an effort to promote healthier eating choices and reduce chronic health risks. "We know that it's not always easy to make healthy choices," Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos told reporters. "We need a quick and easy way of knowing exactly what options are the healthiest." Under the new rules, a magnifying glass label will be required on all packaged foods with high levels of sugar, salt and saturated fat, along with text…
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Food inflation tops 10% in May

Food inflation tops 10% in May

In May 2022, the annual rate of inflation as measured by the HICP was 5.8%, up from 5.4 % in April 2022. The 12-month moving average rate for May stood at 2.6%. The largest upward impact on annual inflation was measured in the Food and non-alcoholic beverages Index (+1.79%), while the downward impact was recorded in the Communication Index (-0.04%) The highest annual inflation rates in May 2022 were recorded in Food and non-alcoholic beverages (10.4%) and Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (8.8%). On the other hand, the lowest annual inflation rates were registered in Communication (-1.1%) and…
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Ukraine’s besieged farmers fear war-time harvest ‘hell’

Ukraine’s besieged farmers fear war-time harvest ‘hell’

As 10-metre high mounds of sunflower meal smoulder among the blackened ruins of one of Ukraine's top agricultural terminals, farmers in this front-line region are scrambling to survive a harvest under Russian fire. They see Russia's shelling of the Nika-Tera port facility in the southern city of Mykolaiv on June 4 as just the most dramatic example of a wider assault on a pillar of Ukraine's economy - and the world's. "Agriculture is one of the few business sectors that is working... Of course they want to destroy it. They want to end this stream of income into the country," farmer Volodymyr…
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FACTBOX-Surging food prices fuel protests across developing world

FACTBOX-Surging food prices fuel protests across developing world

 (Reuters) - The war in Ukraine and drought fuelled by climate change has sent global prices for grains, cooking oils, fuel and fertilizer soaring. Rising prices for basic food staples is fuelling protests from Indonesia to Iran. European wheat prices  have jumped 52% and benchmark palm oil futures  went up 25% since January. The trend is growing and is alarming policymakers, with United Nations agencies warning that the price hikes will worsen an existing food crisis in Africa and could cause "catastrophic" child malnutrition.  Following are protests in alphabetical order that have erupted over food prices over the past few months: ARGENTINA:…
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FAO: Food prices dip in May, cereal output set to decline

FAO: Food prices dip in May, cereal output set to decline

ROME, June 3 (Reuters) - World food prices dipped in May for a second consecutive month after hitting a record high in March, although the cost of cereals and meat both rose, the United Nations' food agency said on Friday. The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) food price index, which tracks the most globally traded food commodities, averaged 157.4 points last month versus 158.3 for April. The April figure was previously put at 158.5. Despite the monthly decline, the May index was still 22.8% higher than a year earlier, pushed up in part by concerns over the impact of the Russian invasion of…
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FAO: Food prices ease slightly in April after record surge

FAO: Food prices ease slightly in April after record surge

ROME, May 6 (Reuters) - World food prices eased slightly in April after hitting a record high in March, but global food security remained a concern because of the difficult market conditions, U.N. food agency said on Friday. The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) food price index, which tracks the most globally traded food commodities, averaged 158.5 points last month versus an upwardly revised 159.7 for March. The March figure was previously put at 159.3. "The small decrease in the index is a welcome relief, particularly for low-income food-deficit countries, but still food prices remain close to their recent highs, reflecting persistent market tightness…
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World Bank, IMF, WTO leaders urge quick action on action plan to address food security

World Bank, IMF, WTO leaders urge quick action on action plan to address food security

The leaders of the International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization and the World Bank called for quick work on a new action plan on food security to be prepared by international financial institutions. "It is truly pressing to get it to move so we avoid people dying unnecessarily," IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva told an event held as part of the spring meetings of the IMF and the World Bank. World Bank President David Malpass said one critical step would be to get greater transparency about countries' food stockpiles to help markets function better.
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EU plans to counter Russia with food diplomacy in North Africa, Balkans

EU plans to counter Russia with food diplomacy in North Africa, Balkans

The EU aims to address rising wheat and fertilizer prices and expected shortages in the Balkans, North Africa and the Middle East with "food diplomacy" to counter Russia's narrative on the impact of its Ukraine invasion, EU diplomats and officials say. Food insecurity was causing "resentment" in vulnerable countries in these regions, while Moscow was portraying the crisis as a consequence of Western sanctions on Russia, one European Union diplomat said. This posed a potential threat to EU influence, the diplomat said, which it plans to tackle with "food diplomacy and a battle of narratives". President Vladimir Putin said last week that the…
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Food prices surge to new record high in March, U.N. agency says

Food prices surge to new record high in March, U.N. agency says

World food prices jumped nearly 13% in March to a new record high as the war in Ukraine caused turmoil in markets for staple grains and edible oils, the U.N. food agency said on Friday. The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) food price index, which tracks the most globally traded food commodities, averaged 159.3 points last month versus an upwardly revised 141.4 for February. The February figure was previously put at 140.7, which was a record at the time.  Russia and Ukraine are major exporters of wheat, corn, barley and sunflower oil via the Black Sea, and Moscow's six-week-old invasion…
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Russia plans to ban sunflower seed exports, impose quota on sunoil

Russia plans to ban sunflower seed exports, impose quota on sunoil

March 31 (Reuters) - Russia will ban exports of sunflower seeds from Friday until the end of August and impose an export quota on sunflower oil for a similar period to avoid shortages and ease pressure on domestic prices, its agriculture ministry said on Thursday. Seed exports will be banned from April 1 to Aug. 31 and an export quota of 1.5 million tonnes will be imposed on sunflower oil from April 15 to Aug. 31, the ministry said. There will also be a 700,000-tonne export quota for sunflower meal, it added. Ukraine and Russia are the world's largest sunflower oil producers,…
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With Ukraine farmers on frontlines, U.N. food chief warns of ‘devastation’

With Ukraine farmers on frontlines, U.N. food chief warns of ‘devastation’

The U.N. food chief warned that the war in Ukraine was threatening to devastate the World Food Programme's efforts to feed some 125 million people globally because Ukraine had gone "from the breadbasket of the world to breadlines." "It's not just decimating dynamically Ukraine and the region, but it will have global context impact beyond anything we've seen since World War Two," WFP Executive Director David Beasley told the 15-member United Nations Security Council. Beasley said 50% of the grain bought by the WFP, the food-assistance branch of the United Nations, comes from Ukraine, "so you can only assume the…
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Ukraine’s new agriculture minister warns over global food prices, ends restrictions on corn and sunoil exports

Ukraine’s new agriculture minister warns over global food prices, ends restrictions on corn and sunoil exports

LVIV, Ukraine, March 25 (Reuters) - Ukraine's government has lifted the requirement for export licences for corn and sunflower oil for 2021/22 season, the government website said on Friday. Ukraine has suspended exports of rye, oats, millet, buckwheat, salt, sugar, meat and livestock as it contends with the invasion of Russian military forces and has introduced licences for wheat, corn and sunflower oil exports. Agriculture officials have said the stocks of corn and sunoil are very high and there is no need to limit exports. Ukraine's new agriculture minister said on Friday that Ukraine's grain stocks for export amount to $7.5 billion…
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Ukraine war could lead to global food crisis, says French farming minister

Ukraine war could lead to global food crisis, says French farming minister

PARIS, March 21 (Reuters) - The war between Ukraine and Russia, two of the world's top crop producers, could lead to a food crisis "on the global" scale, French farming minister Julien Denormandie said in Brussels on Monday ahead of a EU agriculture meeting. EU ministers will discuss the food situation with their Ukrainian counterpart in a video call, he added. A World Food Programme (WFP) official said on Friday that food supply chains in Ukraine were collapsing, with key infrastructure such as bridges and trains destroyed by bombs and many grocery stores and warehouses empty. Photo - A handout photo released…
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Free-range eggs unavailable in Britain from Monday

Free-range eggs unavailable in Britain from Monday

Consumers will no longer be able to buy free-range eggs in the UK from Monday, with birds not having been allowed outdoors since November due to fears of avian flu outbreaks. Eggs sold in shops will have to carry a sticker or label saying they are in fact “barn eggs”, the name given to eggs produced by hens permanently housed indoors. The UK was hit by what government officials have said is the “largest ever outbreak of avian flu” this winter, with more than 80 reported outbreaks in England. As a result, birds reared for meat and eggs have been…
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Germany to host G7 meeting on Ukraine invasion’s impact on food security

Germany to host G7 meeting on Ukraine invasion’s impact on food security

BERLIN, March 8 (Reuters) - Germany will host a virtual meeting of agricultural ministers from G7 countries on Friday to discuss the impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on global food security and how to best stabilize food markets, the government said. "The provision of foodstuffs in Germany and the European Union is safe but greater shortages can be expected in some countries outside the EU - especially where scarcity already reigns today due to issues like drought," German Agriculture Minister Cem Oezdemir said in statement. "Price hikes for agricultural products cannot be excluded in industrialized nations either." Germany holds the rotating…
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Food prices hit record high in Feb, U.N. agency says

Food prices hit record high in Feb, U.N. agency says

World food prices hit a record high in February, led by a surge in vegetable oils and dairy products, to post a 20.7% increase year-on-year, the U.N. food agency said on Friday. The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) food price index, which tracks the most globally traded food commodities, averaged 140.7 points last month against a downwardly revised 135.4 in January. That figure was previously given as 135.7. Higher food prices have contributed to a broader surge in inflation as economies recover from the coronavirus crisis and the FAO has warned that the higher costs are putting poorer populations at…
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France bans import of meat from animals on growth antibiotics

France bans import of meat from animals on growth antibiotics

PARIS, Feb 22 (Reuters) - France adopted a decree on Tuesday banning imports of meat from animals treated with growth antibiotics - a practice prohibited in farming within the European Union since 2006 - in a move that would mainly affect the poultry market. France is anticipating an EU-wide measure that had been due to enter into force late last month but was delayed by missing legislation on sanitary checks, the farm ministry said in a statement. The French ban will be effective on April 22, giving professionals two months to obtain an assurance from their suppliers that meat does not come…
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An international survey reveals the ‘crimes’ against Italian food

An international survey reveals the ‘crimes’ against Italian food

An international survey has revealed the top 10 crimes against Italian food. Italian cuisine is the world’s most popular, according to a recent YouGov survey, but what passes for Italian food elsewhere makes many Italians cringe. YouGov polled nearly 20,000 people across 17 countries about which alleged “Italian food crimes” were acceptable or not.  While respondents in Hong Kong and Indonesia thought putting ketchup on pasta was fine, it was numero uno on Italians’ list of culinary abuses. Completing the list of top ten crimes against Italian food according to the locals polled were: putting pasta in cold water before…
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World food prices rise in January  and remained near 10-year highs

World food prices rise in January and remained near 10-year highs

ROME, Feb 3 (Reuters) - World food prices rebounded in January and remained near 10-year highs, led by a jump in the vegetable oils index, the U.N. food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) food price index, which tracks the most globally traded food commodities, averaged 135.7 points last month against an upwardly revised 134.1 in December. That figure was previously given as 133.7. Higher food prices have contributed to a broader surge in inflation as economies recover from the coronavirus crisis and the FAO has warned that the higher costs are putting poorer populations at…
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World food prices hit 10-year peak in 2021

World food prices hit 10-year peak in 2021

PARIS, Jan 6 (Reuters) - World food prices jumped 28% in 2021 to their highest level in a decade and hopes for a return to more stable market conditions this year are slim, the U.N.'s food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) food price index, which tracks the most globally traded food commodities, averaged 125.7 points in 2021, the highest since 131.9 in 2011. The monthly index eased slightly in December but had climbed for the previous four months https://reut.rs/335V5Ie in a row, reflecting harvest setbacks and strong demand over the past year. Higher food prices…
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World food prices climb in November, stay at 10-year peak -FAO

World food prices climb in November, stay at 10-year peak -FAO

ROME, Dec 2 (Reuters) - World food prices rose for a fourth straight month in November to remain at 10-year highs, led by strong demand for wheat and dairy products, the U.N. food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) food price index https://www.fao.org/worldfoodsituation/foodpricesindex/en, which tracks international prices of the most globally traded food commodities, averaged 134.4 points last month compared with a revised 132.8 for October. The October figure was previously given as 133.2. The November reading was the highest for the index since June 2011. On a year-on-year basis, the index was up 27.3% last…
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Crisps remain in short supply in almost one in three British shops

Crisps remain in short supply in almost one in three British shops

LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Crisps remain in short supply in almost one in three British shops, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics following production difficulties at a major supplier. Britain's biggest crisp producer Walkers, part of PepsiCo , had to scale back production of the popular potato snack at the start of the month after problems with an IT systems upgrade, which it warned could take weeks to fix. Some 4% of shops visited between Nov. 12 and Nov. 15 had no multipacks of crisps for sale, while 26% had only limited supplies, according to…
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WFP warns of countdown to catastrophe as acute hunger reaches new peak

WFP warns of countdown to catastrophe as acute hunger reaches new peak

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that the number of people teetering on the edge of famine in 43 countries has risen to 45 million, as acute hunger spikes around the world. This number has risen from 42 million earlier in the year and 27 million in 2019. “Tens of millions of people are staring into an abyss. We’ve got conflict, climate change and COVID-19 driving up the numbers of the acutely hungry, and the latest data show there are now more than 45 million people marching towards the brink of starvation,” said WFP Executive Director David…
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World food prices hit 10-year peak -FAO

World food prices hit 10-year peak -FAO

World food prices rose for a second consecutive month in September to reach a 10-year peak, driven by gains for cereals and vegetable oils, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) also projected record global cereal production in 2021, but said this would be outpaced by forecast consumption. FAO's food price index, which tracks international prices of the most globally traded food commodities, averaged 130.0 points last month, the highest reading since September 2011, according to the agency's data. The figure compared with a revised 128.5 for August. The August figure was…
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Buy British: UK pig farmers urge retailers to shun cheaper EU pork

Buy British: UK pig farmers urge retailers to shun cheaper EU pork

LONDON, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Britain's National Pig Association urged the country's retailers to continue buying local pork and not cheaper EU products on Friday, warning that many producers would go bust if they were not properly supported. An acute shortage of butchers and slaughterers in the meat processing industry has left processors operating at a 25% drop in their capacity, meaning tens of thousands of pigs are being left on farms and are facing an imminent cull. "We are also aware that some retailers, who have to date been very supportive of their British supply chains, are now considering…
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WFP institutes further cuts on food rations for refugees in Kenya as funds dry up

WFP institutes further cuts on food rations for refugees in Kenya as funds dry up

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is further cutting food rations for 440,000 refugees in Kenya, due to severe funding shortfalls, and has warned it may be forced to halt assistance altogether by the end of the year if new resources are not available imminently. With effect from October, refugees will have to make do with only 52 percent of a full ration. This reduction will only enable WFP to stretch the remaining food and cash until December 2021, after which food assistance to all refugees will stop completely if further funds are not received.  WFP has not been…
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EU wheat, barley harvest losses create ‘explosive’ world supply outlook -analyst Strategie Grains

EU wheat, barley harvest losses create ‘explosive’ world supply outlook -analyst Strategie Grains

Adverse weather in the European Union has sharply reduced prospects for wheat and barley harvests, contributing to a potentially 'explosive' global supply outlook for the cereals, analyst firm Strategie Grains said. In a monthly report, the French firm reduced its forecast for 2021 soft wheat production in the 27-country EU by 1.5 million tonnes to 131.5 million tonnes. Wet weather in the run-up to harvesting had led to disappointing yields in France and Germany while high temperatures in June had lowered yields in Poland and northern Europe, Strategie Grains said. The revised EU soft wheat crop forecast would nonetheless be…
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EU lowers limits for toxic metals in baby food, vegetables

EU lowers limits for toxic metals in baby food, vegetables

Baby food, vegetables, fruit, cereals, meat, fish and other foodstuffs will have to meet stricter limits of cadmium and lead content before they can be sold in the European Union, according to new rules that will be applicable from the end of August. Cadmium and lead are toxic metals present in many foodstuffs, but below certain limits they are not considered dangerous for human health. The EU has now lowered these limits for a long list of food products in a bid to reduce exposure to carcinogenic substances, the European Commission said on Wednesday, following scientific advice. The stricter limits…
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World food prices fall for second month in July

World food prices fall for second month in July

World food prices eased for a second month in a row in July, reflecting declines for cereals, vegetable oils and dairy products, but remained up nearly a third over the past year, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) food price index, which tracks international prices of the most globally traded food commodities, averaged 123.0 points last month compared with 124.6 in June. On a year-on-year basis, prices were up 31.0% in July. The Rome-based FAO's index had declined in June for the first time in a year, marking a pause in a…
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Malta: Two men stole food to feed themselves, court hears

Malta: Two men stole food to feed themselves, court hears

Two men who targeted various outlets of a local chain store, stealing foodstuffs to feed themselves after running into serious financial problems, were remanded in custody pending judgment. Mario Campolo, 48, from Fgura and Sandro Mifsud, 48, from Floriana admitted to various charges of simple theft and two attempted thefts after they were arrested at the Marsascala store on Monday. Source Times of Malta Updated 1745
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McDonald’s big sales growth expected as worker crunch looms

McDonald’s big sales growth expected as worker crunch looms

McDonald's BTS celebrity meals and crispy chicken sandwiches are expected to fuel a U.S. sales increase of 24% when the company reports second-quarter earnings on Wednesday, but analysts are eyeing whether labor shortages could slow growth. If results for McDonald's fall short of the mark, the lack of cooks and cashiers could be a culprit, along with competition from other restaurants reopening, independent analyst Mark Kalinowski said in a research note. As the United States and other economies move toward emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, an increase in demand for food and goods is exacerbating a shortage of servers, retail…
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EU Commission opens infringement procedure against 12 states for failing to implement rules banning unfair trading

EU Commission opens infringement procedure against 12 states for failing to implement rules banning unfair trading

The European Commission has today opened infringement procedures against Malta 12 Member States for failing to transpose EU rules banning unfair trading practices in the agri-food sector. The Directive on unfair trading practices in the agricultural and food supply chain, adopted on 17 April 2019, ensures protection of all European farmers, as well as of small and mid-range suppliers, against 16 unfair trading practices from larger buyers in the food supply chain. The Directive covers agricultural and food products traded in the supply chain, banning for the first time at EU level such unfair practices imposed unilaterally by one trading partner on…
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World food price index surges in May to highest level since 2011 -FAO

World food price index surges in May to highest level since 2011 -FAO

World food prices rose in May at their fastest monthly rate in more than a decade, posting a 12th consecutive monthly increase to hit their highest level since September 2011, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. FAO also issued its first forecast for world cereal production in 2021, predicting output of nearly 2.821 billion tonnes -- a new record and 1.9% up on 2020 levels. The Food and Agriculture Organization's food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 127.1 points last month versus a revised 121.3 in…
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World food price index climbs in April, highest since mid-2014 -FAO

World food price index climbs in April, highest since mid-2014 -FAO

World food prices increased for a 11th consecutive month in April, hitting their highest level since May 2014, with sugar leading a rise in all the main indices, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization's food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 120.9 points last month versus a revised 118.9 in March. The March figure was previously given as 118.5. The Rome-based FAO also said in a statement that new forecasts pointed to growth in both world wheat and maize output in…
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Britain’s cats and dogs face pet-food pouch shortage

Britain’s cats and dogs face pet-food pouch shortage

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's growing ranks of cats and dogs could be left staring at empty bowls after Sainsbury's, the nation's second biggest supermarket group, warned of a shortage of pet food pouches. In e-mails to cat and dog-owning customers Sainsbury's apologised but cautioned the issue could be long term. "Due to a national shortage of dog and cat food pouches, we're sorry if you're not able to find your usual product at Sainsbury's," it said. "We're working hard to resolve this. We think the issue will be ongoing through the year, but we hope to get them back onto…
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Euro area annual inflation stable at 0.9%

Euro area annual inflation stable at 0.9%

Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 0.9% in February 2021, stable compared to January, according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Looking at the main components of euro area inflation, food, alcohol & tobacco is expected to have the highest annual rate in February (1.4%, compared with 1.5% in January), followed by services (1.2%, compared with 1.4% in January), non-energy industrial goods (1.0%, compared with 1.5% in January) and energy (-1.7%, compared with -4.2% in January).
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Inflation stable but food prices rising – NSO

Inflation stable but food prices rising – NSO

In December 2020, the annual rate of inflation in Malta as measured by the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP), remained at a constant rate of 0.2 per cent the NSO said today. Low inflation rates have dominated the scene throughout 2020 with business activity levels suffering a significant hit with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The twelve-month moving average rate for December stood at 0.8 per cent. he largest upward impact on annual inflation was measured in the Food and Non-alcoholic Beverages Index, which the NSO attributed to higher prices for fruit. The largest downward impact was recorded…
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England to ban unhealthy food displays at supermarket checkouts

England to ban unhealthy food displays at supermarket checkouts

Supermarkets will be banned from displaying unhealthy food and drink products close to the checkout counters, as well as using them in special offers including buy one get one free. The planned restrictions were praised by health campaigners as a “bold first step” in Downing Street’s promised campaign against obesity. The checkout restrictions will apply to other areas of supermarket which are considered as sales-boosting, such as at the entrances to stores or at the end of aisles. Similar rules will apply for websites, banning sales links to unhealthy foods on places such as homepages, or at checkout or payment…
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World food price index jumps in Nov to almost 6-year high -FAO

World food price index jumps in Nov to almost 6-year high -FAO

World food prices rose for a sixth month running in November, hitting almost a six year high with the index posting its biggest monthly increase since July 2012, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization's food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 105.0 points last month, versus a slightly revised 101.0 in October. The October figure was previously given as 100.9. The Rome-based FAO also said in a statement that worldwide cereal harvests remained on course to hit an annual record in…
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Malta: Food registers increase in prices during October 2020

Malta: Food registers increase in prices during October 2020

During last month, October 2020, the annual rate of inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index, RPI, was 0.35%, according to the latest statistics published by NSO, the National Statistics Office. This means that the rate of inflation went up from 0.18% when compared to the rate registered in September 2020. The Retail Price Index measures monthly price changes in the cost of purchasing a representative basket of consumer goods and services, and is closely linked with the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increases and periodic rent payment adjustments. Source: Newsbook Updated: 1738
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World food price index rises in October for fifth month running -FAO

World food price index rises in October for fifth month running -FAO

World food prices rose for a fifth month running in October, fully recovering from the shock caused by the global coronavirus pandemic and with gains seen in most sectors, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization's food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 100.9 points last month, the highest since January, versus a slightly revised 97.8 in September. The September figure was previously given as 97.9. The Rome-based FAO also said in a statement that worldwide cereal harvests remained on course to…
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Access to food grossly unequal as coronavirus adds to challenges

Access to food grossly unequal as coronavirus adds to challenges

A new report by the World Food Programme, known as the Cost of a Plate of Food 2020, has once again exposed the inequality around the world of accessing the simplest plates of food. South Sudan is once again top of the list, with basic ingredients costing a staggering 186 percent of a person’s daily income. Seventeen of the top 20 countries featured in the index are in sub-Saharan Africa. “This new report exposes the destructive impact of conflict, climate change and economic crises, now compounded by COVID-19, in driving up hunger,” said WFP’s Executive Director David Beasley. “It’s the…
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World food price index rise 5% year-on-year in September -FAO

World food price index rise 5% year-on-year in September -FAO

World food prices rose for a fourth month running in September, led by strong increases for cereals and vegetable oils, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization's food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 97.9 points last month versus a downwardly revised 95.9 in August. The August figure was previously given as 96.1. The Rome-based FAO also said in a statement that worldwide cereal harvests remained on course to hit an annual record in 2020, even though it slightly trimmed its previous…
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China’s Shenzhen says chicken imported from Brazil tests positive for coronavirus

China’s Shenzhen says chicken imported from Brazil tests positive for coronavirus

A sample of frozen chicken wings imported into the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen from Brazil has tested positive for coronavirus, the city government said on Thursday. A surface sample was taken from a batch of chicken wings and tested by local disease control centres on Wednesday, the government said in a notice. Shenzhen's health authorities traced and tested everyone who might have come into contact with potentially contaminated food products, and also tested food products stored near the infected batch. All the results were negative, the notice said. The Shenzhen Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters said the public needed…
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Coronavirus found on Ecuador shrimps in China

Coronavirus found on Ecuador shrimps in China

A city in China's eastern Anhui province found the novel coronavirus on the packaging of shrimps from Ecuador, state media reported on Wednesday, in the latest instance of the virus being detected on imported products. The coronavirus was found on the outer packaging of frozen shrimps bought by a restaurant in Wuhu city when local authorities carried out a routine inspection, CCTV, China's state television, said. The news broke a day after a port city in eastern Shandong province said it found the virus on the packaging of imported frozen seafood, although it did not say where it originated. Since…
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Global food prices rise in July – UN

Global food prices rise in July – UN

Global food prices continued rising for the second consecutive month in July, led by vegetable oils and dairy products, according to the benchmark United Nations report. The Food and Agriculture Organization's Food Price Index averaged 94.2 points in July, a 1.2 percent increase from June and nearly 1.0 percent higher than July 2019. The FAO Food Price Index tracks international prices of the most commonly traded food commodities. The FAO Vegetable Oil Price Index increased 7.6 percent since June to reach a five-month high, with international quotations for the key oils rising amid, in the case of palm oil, likely production slowdowns,…
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World food price index rises for second month in July

World food price index rises for second month in July

World food prices rose in July, led by vegetable oil and dairy products, to extend a rebound from the previous month following sharp falls triggered by the pandemic, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 94.2 points in July versus 93.1 points in June. The June figure was revised from an initial estimate of 93.2.
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Weed-killer glyphosate found in New Zealand’s manuka honey

Weed-killer glyphosate found in New Zealand’s manuka honey

Traces of the controversial weed-killer glyphosate have been found in New Zealand honey, prompting concern for our high-value manuka industry. The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) found the chemical, which is the active ingredient in products like Round Up, in more than 20 per cent of honey sampled from across the country. It also found traces in packaged manuka honey products purchased from retail outlets. While officials stress the traces are small and the products are still safe to eat, even at the highest levels they detected, it is a problem for exporters who sell manuka for hundreds…
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