PMAC weekly update 10th April

PMAC weekly update 3rd to 10th April

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1.Government agencies: ICPR Updates; ICPR New Search Facility; Taiwan Government audits New Zealand apple production systems; Serious fungal plant disease found on Raoul Island trees; WTO Notifications;

2.New Zealand News: New Zealand and Singapore to forge closer ties; Mr Mc Cullies address to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs and his upcoming resignation; Heightened readiness for Stink Bug threat; Nathan Guys Speech to the Forum for the Future of Agriculture Belgium; A Decade of Horticulture in China: An Interview with Lew Dagger; Growing the export value of New Zealand food; New Zealand growers win battle to protect GM free status; Simon Nixon: Horticulturalists have a role to play; Zespri calls in police to investigate illegal kiwi transfer into China; Hops Why did US -based FS Investors pour millions into a Nelson hop farm? Overseas workers needed; Kiwifruit packer offers 100 staff to help victims after floods; Envy apple wins consumer competition in the US; NZ Onion director: "We dodged the world onion bullet"; Good for exports, health and environment: a history of apple pest management; New Zealand fruit and vegetable industry collaborate on food safety

3.International news: Damage of modern slavery affects entire sector; A vision for the future of biocontrol; Pound Sterling climbs further ahead of the New Zealand Dollar; Third group of free trade zones opened in China; China: Large cold chain logistics centre to be built in Ganzhou; Emirates SkyFresh launched offering solutions for perishable transportation; European Commission clears ChemChina acquisition of Syngenta; ChemChina-Syngenta deal approved by US competition authority; Spain: More consumption of healthy snacks; Marketing examples from Europe; Fast testing system for E. coli and Listeria in leafy vegetables validated; At a glance – What is food safety culture all about?; US: China’s food safety plan includes alignment with international standards; GFSI releases new edition of benchmarking requirements; Protect your brand from food fraud; Protecting consumers from deception: EU Parliament backs tough food inspection regulations; High-tech solutions to combat hunger; Space farming now a possibility; Pesticides: with or without?; Tailwind for biological control; New plasma treatment of fruits and vegetables