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New round of DNA tests confirmed for EU beef, following horse meat scandal

15-Apr-2014 - European beef products are set to undergo a new round of DNA tests, to check for horsemeat contamination, following a request from the European Commission.

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Swedish investigation to focus on hybrid buffalo-beef mislabelling

28-Mar-2014 - A preliminary investigation by Livsmedelsverket, Sweden’s food safety authority, has established that between 25 to 30 tonnes (t) of fillet beef mixed with buffalo meat may have been sold, or marketed for sale as imported Italian beef.

Brussels to initiate second hunt for horsemeat

20-Feb-2014 - The European Commission is to coordinate a second set of DNA tests this spring, similar to those conducted last year, following the horsemeat mislabelling scandal, with the results being published by the end of July.

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First donkey abattoir in Africa sparks outrage

20-Feb-2014 - Kenya is due to host Africa’s very first donkey slaughterhouse, as a response to an ever-growing Chinese demand for donkey meat.

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Meat centre stage at world's largest trade fair

25-Sep-2013 - With the worldwide consumption of meat growing, the international meat trade will be travelling to Germany next month to take part in one of the world’s largest food trade fairs.

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Horsemeat: UK recalls pies from Latvia

22-Jul-2013 - A frozen meat pie product from Latvia has been removed from sale in the UK after it was found to contain horsemeat.

Donkey found in South African burgers

01-Mar-2013 - South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies has ordered an urgent inquiry after donkey and goat DNA was found in burgers and sausages.

European plan on horsemeat approved

18-Feb-2013 - The Standing Committee of the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) has endorsed a European Commission plan to tackle the horsemeat crisis by testing thousands of beef products across Europe for horse DNA.

Russians concerned over EU horsemeat

18-Feb-2013 - Russian authorities have begun inspecting meat products on sale in supermarkets for the presence of horsemeat in the wake of the contamination scandal in Europe.

UK processors ordered to test beef products following 100% horse meat discovery

08-Feb-2013 - UK meat processors and retailers have been ordered to conduct testing on all processed beef products after ready meals on sale in supermarkets were found to contain 100% horse meat.

British meat industry to introduce DNA testing

05-Feb-2013 - Some in the British meat industry are set to introduce DNA testing on meat products to reassure consumers in the wake of the horse meat contamination scandal.

Supermarkets ditch suppliers after horse meat scandal

04-Feb-2013 - The impact of the horse meat burger scandal continues to be felt in the UK and Ireland, with Irish plant Silvercrest losing several major contracts last week.

Tests reveal horse DNA in Spanish burgers

29-Jan-2013 - A consumer group in Spain has claimed it has discovered horse DNA in beef burgers sold by Spanish supermarkets.

Call for UK labelling clarity in wake of horse meat scandal

21-Jan-2013 - Investigations are continuing into the horse meat scandal that has engulfed the UK and Irish markets following the discovery of horse DNA in frozen burgers.

Investigators home in on UK horse meat burger scandal

17-Jan-2013 - The horse meat burger scandal continues to rumble on across the UK and Ireland as investigations are launched to discover the source of the rogue DNA.

US welfare group points to horse consumption danger

13-Dec-2012 - Horse meat from animals exported from North America could potentially pose a risk to human health, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

Goat and sheep disease causes crisis in Congo

26-Jun-2012 - An outbreak of animal disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is threatening to cause a food security crisis, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization has warned.

US horse slaughter would not solve welfare issues, says HSUS

24-Apr-2012 - A New Mexico rancher’s application to open the country’s first horse abattoir since lifting a ban on such slaughter has been met with controversy, with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) saying the practice “runs counter to American values”.

Audit slates Spanish slaughterhouse conditions

29-Feb-2012 - Spanish slaughterhouses have been criticised for poor animal welfare standards, after an audit carried out by the EU’s Food and Veterinary Office found that four out of seven slaughterhouses did not meet requirements.

Amazon discontinues whale products after accusations

23-Feb-2012 - Amazon Japan has taken whale products off its website after being accused of facilitating trade of endangered species.

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