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Brussels calls on Belarus to lift livestock import ban

The European Commission has called on Belarus to reverse a ban on exported horned livestock and pigs from the European Union, which it has imposed due to the Schmallenberg virus.

FDA ordered to reconsider antibiotic regulations

A US federal court has ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finish a reviewing process started 35 years ago, and that could lead to a ban of prophylactic...

Industry disappointed with US appeal of COOL ruling

The American meat industry has expressed disappointment in the US Trade Representative’s decision to appeal a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that said Country Of Origin Labelling (COOL) was against...

France considers new beef strategy

French agriculture government body FranceAgriMer is working on a new strategy for the country’s beef sector and slaughter industry, aiming to improve economic performances.

Egyptian FMD outbreak requires “urgent action”, says FAO

An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Egypt, which has killed an estimated 4,658 animals, with a further 40,222 suspected cases, is threatening food security in North Africa and the...


China’s pork sector: A global powerhouse

China is now clearly the world’s largest player in the global pork industry and produces and consumes over half of all pork in the world. While Chinese prices are currently...

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Russia urged to lift EU live import ban

European Commissioners Karel De Gucht and John Dalli have condemned Russia’s ban on imports of live animals from the EU that came into force yesterday (21 March), calling it “disproportionate and...

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Australia calls for pork research projects

The Australian Pork Cooperative Research Centre (Pork CRC) is calling for research project proposals in various areas of pork production, to be funded by the Pork CRC High Integrity for...

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EU allows preventative bluetongue vaccination

The European Commission has allowed preventative vaccination in bluetongue-free areas, hoping to prevent outbreaks and limit the economic impact of the virus on farms.

Canadian government grants C$500,000 for PRRS research

The Canadian federal government and the provincial government of Quebec (MAPAQ) have allocated C$500,000 to a pilot project aiming to control porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).

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Newcastle disease control measures keep Israel poultry export market alive

Enforced control measures are being implemented to contain outbreaks of the viral Newcastle disease amongst domestic poultry and other bird species in Israel, and help avoid interruptions in both the...

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Low pathogenic bird flu found in Holland

Dutch veterinary authorities have culled 44,500 turkeys after low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) was detected on 200 birds last week.

Canada makes further beef investment

The Canadian government has committed to investing a further C$3m to the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS), which the industry claims will help improve productivity and efficiency throughout the beef chain....

Brits call for stall ban compliance

The British pig industry is calling on the European Commission to take action against member countries who fail to comply with partial stall ban legislation.

US red meat exports maintain strong momentum

US red meat exports have continued to increase in the first part of 2012, according to statistics from the US Department for Agriculture (USDA) and the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Focus on New Zealand

Sustainable farming: It is all about genetics

Grant and Bernie Weller have just won New Zealand's Ballance Farm Environment supreme award. They impressed the judges with their ability to combine sustainability and profitability. They tell GlobalMeatNews why...

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UK feed firm gains non-GM certification

UK animal feed importer Arkady Feed has received non-GMO certification for its Hipro Soyabean Meal, from independent scheme Cert ID.

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France leads animal welfare consortium

The French national institute for agricultural research (INRA) is co-ordinating a pan-European effort to improve animal welfare in the EU.

Flexibility needed to green EU agriculture

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to cutting livestock emissions, according to one of the EU’s key policy officers.

Irish farmers criticise animal welfare bill

Ireland’s new animal health and welfare bill must not be an obstacle to the farming sector’s competitiveness, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has said.

WHO calls for urgent action to reduce antimicrobial resistance on farms

Urgent action is needed to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) caused by farm use of antibiotics, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

EU welfare strategy needs improvement, says DG Sanco

The EU animal welfare strategy needs to move to in the same direction as food safety policy and be more risk-based, according to one of its authors.

Focus on New Zealand

Rocky ride for NZ lamb

With lamb supply dropping away, New Zealand has struggled to keep up with global demand and prices have soared, so is there a turnaround on the horizon?

EU urges China to improve poultry disease controls

The European Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) is asking China to improve its poultry disease surveillance systems after exposing shortcomings in a report.

Taiwan bird flu ‘cover-up’ allegations investigated

Taiwanese officals have been forced to defend themselves over allegations that they covered up an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu.