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Morning round-up, Wednesday June 19


* China has decided to keep anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs on distillers grains from the US in place.


The country’s commerce ministry made the announcement on Wednesday after launching a review in April and said that damage to local producers was behind its decision to retain tariffs.


Anti-dumping duties will remain at 42.2-53.7% and anti-subsidy tariffs at 11.2-12%.



* Bayer AG filed court documents on Monday asking a California judge to overturn a jury’s decision to award $2bn to a couple claiming that the company’s Roundup herbicide gave them cancer.


Reuters reported that the company said that the jury’s decision was based on “inflammatory, fabricated and irrelevant evidence” and that it is requesting the judge reverse the jury’s decision and rule in Bayer’s favour, or order a new trial.



* Chinese officials have banned pork imports from Canada’s Frigo Royal Inc.


According to state news agency, Xinhua, a shipment of pork from the company was found to contain the banned feed additive ractopamine, which is often used to produce leaner pigs.


Officials said they will strengthen inspections for the feed additive on all pork imports from Canada.


This is the third Canadian producer that China has banned from shipping pork to its shores.


Both Olymel LP and Drummond Export had their import licences suspended due to labelling problems.


China has also blocked imports of canola seed from Canada.


Experts believe that the trade disputes between the two countries stem from Canada’s arrest of an executive from Chinese tech giant Huawei.



* Vietnam’s ministry of agriculture said on Tuesday that the country has culled more than 2.5m pigs in its efforts to contain the spread of African swine fever.


An official from Vietnam’s Department of Animal Health said that the deadly swine disease has already spread to 58 of the country’s 63 provinces.


Vietnam reported its first case of African swine fever in February. The country’s pork industry is valued at around $4.03bn and makes up around 10% of the agriculture sector.



* Official sources in Egypt told Reuters that the country would be re-testing a shipment of Romanian wheat currently stuck at its Damietta port.


According to trade sources, Egypt initially rejected the 60,000 cargo due to a problem with test weight and falling numbers.


This is the second shipment of Romanian wheat Egypt has blocked. The first was blocked in March for its falling numbers, a method for determining the milling quality of wheat.



* Fall armyworm has spread to five counties in Taiwan.


According to the country’s Council of Agriculture, the pest has been found in Pingtung, Hualien, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Chiayi so far.


Taiwan officials first reported the worm last week, adding that it could reduce the country’s wheat, corn, sorghum and rice crops by 20-30%.



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