Osha releases steerage on COVID-19 mitigation and prevention within the office
Occupational Security and Well being Administration (OSHA) has introduced steerage on mitigating and stopping the unfold of COVID-19 within the office setting. Amongst specifics, it recommends employers implement COVID-19 prevention packages within the office, together with carrying private protecting gear, sustaining a minimum of six toes of distance the place doable and putting in boundaries the place bodily distancing can’t be maintained.
NPPC and the US pork business are dedicated to employee security in crops and on farms. Because of quite a few prevention efforts, pork packing crops are now not experiencing widespread COVID outbreaks. Pork processing crops are an important a part of the US meals provide chain, and can proceed to work to make sure essentially the most inexpensive, high-quality protein is delivered to shoppers right here at residence and across the globe.
Final month, NPPC, the North American Meat Institute and the Nationwide Cattlemen’s Beef Affiliation despatched letters to all 50 state governors, urging them to prioritise COVID-19 vaccinations for meat and poultry business staff, immediately after healthcare staff and different high-risk people.
Philippines considers decreasing pork import tariffs
The Philippines’ authorities plans to carry a listening to subsequent week to debate a proposal to scale back its pork tariffs for in-quota and out-quota imports. Particularly, the nation’s Division of Agriculture (DA) is recommending pork imports below the minimal entry quantity (MAV) have a 5 p.c tariff for the subsequent six months and a ten p.c tariff for the succeeding six months, in comparison with the present 30 p.c tariff. For pork imports exterior the MAV, the DA proposes tariffs be decreased to fifteen p.c for the subsequent six months and 20 p.c within the succeeding six months, in comparison with the present 40 p.c.
This proposal comes on the heels of NPPC’s earlier assembly with US Ambassador to the Philippines Jose Manuel Romualdez. NPPC has been working with the Philippines’ authorities for greater than a yr to barter decrease pork import tariffs. NPPC welcomes the DA’s proposal, because the Philippines holds large market alternatives for US pork exports.
NPPC’s Giordano highlights the necessity for China to take away retaliatory tariffs on US pork
Earlier this month, NPPC Vice President and Counsel, World Authorities Affairs Nick Giordano moderated a World Enterprise Dialogue panel about China commerce points and the challenges and alternatives for the USA, different nations, and the World Commerce Organisation.
In short remarks, he highlighted the significance of China eradicating its retaliatory duties on US pork imports. “Pork is essentially the most consumed meat protein on the planet, and it’s by far essentially the most consumed meat in China, the world’s largest pork-consuming nation….China represents an infinite market alternative for the farmers I signify,” he stated. “Whereas a major a part of our export progress could be attributed to the outbreak of African swine fever within the Chinese language herd, we view China as a particularly necessary, long- time period marketplace for US pork.
It’s in our apparent curiosity that the USA and China remove retaliatory import duties, and discover a option to successfully handle the various bilateral commerce points confronting the 2 nations, with out resorting to continued commerce confrontation,” he added. Along with China eradicating its retaliatory import duties on US pork, a prime NPPC precedence is for the US to re-join the CPTPP.