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China targets frozen food imports over virus fears

Bejing - Chinese health officials said Wednesday that two cold-chain storage workers in the port city of Tianjin were infected with Covid-19, as the country shifts focus to contaminated imports after a number of outbreaks linked to frozen food.

China exports remain strong in October, import growth slows

Bejing - China's exports posted strong growth again last month, extending an upward trend on the back of a consumption rebound among its major trading partners, official data showed Saturday.

As Iraq lockdown chokes off imports, local businesses thrive

Basra - In Iraq, a national lockdown to halt the coronavirus pandemic has found some unexpected fans: local businesses who no longer have to compete with Turkish, Iranian or Chinese imports.

FDA to adopt new methods to assess imported foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed a revised strategy to meet four goals in modernizing the oversight of foods imported to the U.S. The aim is to reduce the number of imported food safety issues.

US government shutdown muddles Canada trade tallies

Ottawa - The Canadian statistical agency said Thursday the US government shutdown is having impacts beyond its borders, stemming data sharing and forcing Ottawa to suspend publication of trade figures.

Canadian pot producer Tilray sees stocks soar 40 percent

Nanaimo - Canadian cannabis producer Tilray is soaring ahead of Wednesday's opening bell after CEO Brendan Kennedy laid out his company's growth prospects on CNBC's "Mad Money."

Trump's solar tariffs meaningful but not destructive to industry

When the president signed the solar tariff announcement on Monday, the White House said the goal was to punish China for an industrial policy aimed at taking over the global solar market. The question to ask is this - Who was Trump really punishing?

Trump's tariff ruling could destroy U.S. solar industry

On Friday, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that domestic solar panel manufacturers had suffered serious injury from foreign competitors, giving President Donald Trump until January to decided whether to impose tariffs.

As US mulls action on steel, foreign producers urge caution

Washington - Foreign steel producers on Wednesday called for prudence as the Trump administration considers possible actions to shield domestic companies from unfair imports on national security grounds.

Concern over Indian food quality and imports

This week has seen several alarming reports about the quality standards relating to food produced in India. These relates to salt content and import bans.

Polydrug Laboratories banned from importing to U.S.

Mumbai - The company Polydrug Laboratories is no longer able to import medicinal products into the U.S. following a series of concerns about manufacturing standards.

Op-Ed: Global drug imports from India need better standards

Mumbai - The Indian pharmaceutical sector is beset with compliance problems. This is demonstrated via a series of import bans into the U.S. imposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Microsoft and Nokia Lumia phones violate patents, rules judge

An ITC judge has ruled that Lumia-branded Windows Phone smartphones built by Nokia and Microsoft violate patents held by licensing firm InterDigital. Microsoft plans to appeal but failure could lead to an import ban on Lumia phones in the US.

Op-Ed: Costs of doing science climbs in Argentina

Scientists in Argentina are struggling with budgets due to government tariffs which mean that most tools and reagents cost more than double their normal retail value.

Costco Canada has license to import fish suspended

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended Costco Canada's license to import fish into the country, according to a March 13 announcement.

A century of hard work on the Panama Canal

Panama City - From painter Paul Gauguin's illness-ridden misadventure in the Central American rainforest to tugboat captain Eileen Vinueza's purple nail polish and sneakers, working on the Panama Canal has changed considerably in the past century.

U.S. power plant turns to Russia for coal

Power companies are now feeling the economic affects of this past winter's freezing temperatures, so much so that when New Hampshire's largest utility needed to replenish its coal supplies, they looked to Russia rather than Wyoming or Appalachia.

FDA proposes rule to destroy illegal imports

The U.S. FDA is proposing that it be given powers to to destroy any drug valued at $2,500 or less that has been refused admission into the United States under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

FDA bans imports from India's Sun Pharma

Mumbai - The U.S. FDA has banned imports from Indian generic drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries' plant in Karkhadi in Gujarat, India. The ban is due to safety concerns.

U.S. export prices rise for third straight month

U.S. export prices rose in January for the third straight month, potentially positive signs for global economic demand and the outlook for American manufacturers. Prices for U.S.

U.S. imposes import restrictions on Chinese IT

The U.S. has imposed restrictions upon the import of Chinese manufactured information technology and other electronic goods under a cyber-espionage rule.

After GMO rat study: Russia suspends imports, France investigates

Following the recent rat study on NK603 GMO corn, Russia has suspended imports of Monsanto corn, while France continues investigations into the possible dangers of GMOs to human health.

Israeli anger at South Africa labelling goods 'Made In Palestine'

Pretoria - Israel has condemned South Africa for planning to label goods made in the West Bank and Gaza regions, "Made in the Palestinian Territories."

US trade deficit widens

Washington - The latest economic data indicates that the US trade deficit has widened in December 2011. The gap is now the biggest since last summer.

Study: Buy Chinese and you support Americans

A new study released by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco shows that when Americans buy products labeled "Made in China" 55 cents on the dollar goes to people in the United States.

Op-Ed: Two Down (Europe, USA), One to Go (China)

In an effort to sanitize humungous export proceeds, China amassed trillions of dollars worth of foreign exchange reserves, mostly invested in American treasury bonds, creating a dangerous exposure to the US dollar.

U.S. to implement tariffs on Chinese tires ahead of G20 summit

Adhering to his promise to 'crack down' on imports that unfairly undermine American industries, President Obama authorizes stiff tariffs on tires from China. The move comes just two weeks ahead of the G20 summit in Pittsburgh.

Is the U.S. Running Out of Sugar?

Large U.S. food companies said the country could "virtually run out of sugar" unless the Obama administration eased import curbs, the Wall Street Journal said.

Op-Ed: U.S. is Overextending Itself in the Global Economy

The U.S. national economy is in serious trouble. Consumer debt, government debt, the rise in foreclosures as well as the rising prices of gasoline and oil point to a rocky 2008 economic outlook.

Tainted Chinese Imports Common

In Four Months, FDA Refused 298 Shipments.

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Quarantined Longan removed from warehouse and destroyed.
Quarantined Longan removed from warehouse and destroyed.
An FDA field inspector in Los Angeles checks imported shrimp.
An FDA field inspector in Los Angeles checks imported shrimp.

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