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McDonald’s to change Swedish advertising after watchdog censure

McDonald’s has earned a censure from the Swedish advertising ombudsman, Reklamombudsmannen, which found fault with aspects of its advertising that suggested beef sold in its outlets is largely sourced in...

Suppliers must meet new guidelines by mid-2016

Walmart leads the charge toward improved poultry safety (Part 1)

To better protect its customers against foodborne illnesses, Walmart announced it is beefing up its poultry safety guidelines for US suppliers. 

Polish court rules non-stun slaughter ban unconstitutional

Poland’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the country’s ban on non-stun slaughter is unconstitutional, and represents a violation of religious freedom.

Mexican horsemeat imports suspended by European Commission

A ban on imports of horsemeat from Mexico has been implemented by the European Commission following food safety concerns.

Lessons to be learned from Maple Leaf’s loose sow housing trial

Canadian hog producers are set to learn from a trial currently under way at a Maple Leaf Foods barn near Steinbach, Manitoba.

MEPs push hard for EU origin labelling law on meat

A European Parliament committee vowed to swiftly approve any formal proposal for mandatory labelling for processed meats, claiming 90% of its members favour such a European Union (EU) law.

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US issues final rule on poultry imports

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule, amending regulations for the import of poultry and poultry products from regions...

US appeals WTO decision in COOL dispute

The United States has appealed the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) decision, on its amended country-of-origin labelling (COOL) measures.

Pork producers see success with Trichinella guidelines

The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) has agreed to draft guidelines for the control of Trichinella spp in pork, marking a major victory for the US pork industry, according...

Danish best practice highlighted at International Pig Seminar

Pig welfare, advances in genetics, and strict hygiene practices were highlighted as key to Denmark’s success by leading industry figures at the International Pig Seminar this week.

Swiss firm investigated in new ‘horsemeat’ scandal

A Swiss meat supplier has been accused of labelling horsemeat as beef, on top of other instances of "deception", in Europe’s latest adulteration scandal.

Random tests find MRSA in Danish and German pork in Sweden

Pork containing MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) has been detected during random checks by Sweden’s national veterinary institute (Statens veterinärmedicinska) inspectors.

Swedish government tests give clean bill of health to Axfood beef

Laboratory tests conducted by Sweden’s National Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket) have given the all-clear on meat recalled by food group Axfood AB on 19 November. 

Biosecurity precautions urged over bird flu threat in Europe

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have warned that avian influenza’s “rapid spread” through Europe threatens the poultry sectors...

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US pork board approves funding for swine centre

The US’ National Pork Board has approved the funding of a national Swine Health Information Center.

UK bird flu strain confirmed as H5N8

The recent outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the UK has been confirmed as the H5N8 strain of the disease - the same as the outbreaks in the Netherlands...

EU poultry retailers held to account on third-party fresh products

European Union (EU) poultry retailers may be penalised if they sell salmonella-contaminated fresh products, even when they are processed and packaged by another company, the European Court of Justice (ECJ)...

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Chicken juice offers perfect environment for campylobacter to flourish

The natural juice from chicken is key to the persistence of campylobacter in food processing sites and kitchens, according to a study carried out at the Institute of Food Research...

Multiple bird flu outbreaks reported in Europe

Highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks have been reported in the UK and the Netherlands over the past couple of days, following an outbreak of the H5N8 strain of bird flu...

Russia bans ready-to-cook products from several EU markets

Russian sanitary service Rospotrebnadzor has announced a ban on imports to Russia for a number of ready-to-cook products from Italy, France, Spain and Germany, including beef sausage, roast and goulash.

Fears that German avian flu outbreak could spread

Animal health experts are continuing to monitor the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 in Germany as the yearly migration of wild birds continues to cause concerns the condition...

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Volk launches meat thermometer

American food safety equipment manufacturer Volk Enterprises has launched a new thermometer, Cook’d Right, for the meat and poultry sectors.

New safety levels claimed with GloveCheck

BladeStop, makers of sensory equipment which can reduce injuries in people using bandsaws has launched a new safety prodict, GloveCheck.

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OIE publishes new guide to animal health surveillance

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has published a new guide to ‘Terrestrial Animal Health Surveillance’.

Slaughterhouses can force vets to visit on Sundays

European Union (EU) judges have ruled that slaughterhouses within the EU can only insist that public authorities provide a veterinarian supervising slaughtering on Sundays or public holidays, if it is...