PMAC Weekly Update 6th March

PMAC weekly update 27th February 6th March

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1.      Government agencies: FYI from MPI on Chinas certification requirements;  WTO Notifications

2.      New Zealand News: New Zealand companies impress at Dubai tradeshow; Export NZ Newsletter; New Zealand MPI intercepted 12,600 biosecurity risks in January; New Zealand’s kiwifruit growers begin referendum vote; National Horticultural Field Day; Scales lifts 2016 annual profit 6% on business expansion; New Zealand company offering investors stake in gold kiwifruit orchard; Seeka delivers record $10.4m profit for 2016 - up 143%; Giant EastPack to spend $40m on tech upgrades; T&G Global achieves 67% increase in profit after tax; NZ signs agreements with Iran on meat exports, kiwifruit opportunities; Rosy future for apple industry; Gold for kiwifruit as vines reach maturity; Ngāi Tukairangi acquisition solidifies leadership role in kiwifruit; Former Compac shareholders to get $230m in earn-outs; Top-selling grocery items revealed; Freshcare Forum and Fresh Produce Safety Centre Conference back to back in 2017; New Zealanders are embracing artisan horticulture; Regional Growth Programme in Gisborne/Tairāwhiti, Tairāwhiti labour force funding good news for horticulture; New Zealand group looks to expand local production of tropical fruit

3.      International news: GAIN reports; Trade agreements boost EU agri-food sector; MEPs want natural altern. to pesticides; Will Europe regulate CRISPR-Cas9 like GMO?; New KPMG Australia report: Dial up the Chutzpah!; GLOBALG.A.P. to launch consumer portal; Bayer introduces Field Passport for more transparency; Antimicrobial resistance remains high, says EU report; US ag still using antibiotics causing resistance to life-saving medicines; US Aggressive cleaning makes big difference; UK: Nanotechnology in the Monitoring of Microbial Food Safety; Report finds safe food a key concern in China; Cold plasma promising for control of bacteria; Targeting bacterial pathogens in cold storage with ozone; Study finds onions, leeks and artichokes may help improve sleep quality; Study finds eating pears may reduce blood pressure;