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Scientists find defence for deadly pathogen

Academics at the University of Nevada in the US have reduced salmonella in meat products by up to 90% after research into new pathogen prevention systems. 

Canada poised to allow beef irradiation

Canadian health officials will consider the pros and cons of allowing the sale of ground beef exposed to radiation to go ahead. 

Meat industry faces Brexit pressure

The UK meat industry is grappling with fears over what Britain's Brexit vote means as uncertainty prevails in the wake of the vote to leave the EU.

Coalition defends undercover filming in meat farms

A bloc of animal and civil rights’ groups has challenged Idaho’s ‘unconstitutional’ ag-gag laws on undercover factory farm filming at the US Court of Appeals.

Meat firm fined €16,000 for fake beef labelling

Ireland's Keelaghan Wholesale Meats has been fined €16,000 for falsely declaring beef imported from Poland, Lithuania and Germany was of Irish origin. 

Endocrine disruptor standards could damage livestock feed

The European Commission’s release of scientific criteria to identify endocrine disrupting (hormone-changing) chemicals in pesticides and biocides could impact livestock feed supply, warns Copa-Cogeca.

Latest EU protected meat names revealed

The European Commission has protected four more meat traditional products from Croatia, France, and Spain by adding them to the EU’s list of protected ‘geographical indications’.

EU urged to think differently on hormone disruptors

Farming body Copa-Cogeca has questioned the European Commission’s draft law on defining hormone disruptors, suggesting a risk-based approach would be better.

NY business recalls Polish meat

New York business Asian Jade Customs Brokerage has recalled 762 pounds (lb) of dried pork sausages under Poland's well-known Sokolow brand imported from the country without being properly inspected.

Europe pushes for action on unfair trading practices

EU rules preventing producers' exploitation by retailers and wholesalers must be introduced, a European Parliament resolution has urged.

EU states sweat on Japanese beef trade approval

Seven EU member states are eagerly awaiting approval from Japan to increase its imports of European beef, following its recent restoration of trade with Italy.

Hong Kong freezes poultry trade over bird flu fear

Hong Kong has suspended live poultry imports to control the spread of a serious bird flu outbreak after samples from Tuen Mun tested positive for the H7N9 strain.

Denmark could lose pork exports to EU under TTIP

If the EU strikes a major trade deal with the US, a flood of American pork exports could lose Denmark a significant portion of its EU export market share, an...

Call for Aussie meat inspection overhaul

Australian beef producers risk losing out on profits as a result of biased meat graders, encouraged by big corporations to downgrade carcases and reduce the amount processors pay out.

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Work needed to improve Australia's beef pricing

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has recognised that more work needs to be done to improve price transparency in the beef sector. 

Halal labelling expected to grow

The prevalence of halal labelling is expected to grow by a quarter between now and 2020, according to market research firm Euromonitor International. 

EU toughens policy on livestock breeding

The EU Council of Ministers has adopted streamlined breeding rules for livestock in the eurozone, while clarifying the rights and duties of EU breeders and the recognition process for breeding...

US body calls for raw chicken laws

Mandatory labelling for raw and stuffed poultry is urgently needed to stop consumers becoming sick and confused, the National Chicken Council (NCC) warned the US government.

Eastern Europe continues ASF struggle

African swine fever (ASF) continues to spread into new territories in Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Russia, threatening the stability of the pig industry in these countries, according to reports from...

TPP will toughen US beef industry and bolster trade with Japan

The ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal will help US beef producers be more competitive in the global meat industry, an influential study has suggested.

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Sydney fire: meat factory burns to the ground

A fire at a meat processing plant in Banksmeadow, Sydney, has been extinguished after burning for two days straight, causing thousands of dollars in damages.

EU-Chile deal signals new style of organic food trade

The EU has chiselled a template for international organic food trade with its agreement with Chile - a deal that could boost bilateral meat sales. 

Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen sworn in as drug-fed pork tensions rise

Tsai Ing-wen has been sworn in as Taiwan’s first female president, promising to push for dialogue with China, but the leader faces continued pressure over US pork imports.

Antibiotic report driven by ‘political considerations’

A landmark UK report by economist Jim O’Neill on tackling the public health threat of antibiotic resistance has come under fire for putting politics ahead of public health.

Norway under pressure from TTIP to lower meat tax

Norway could face pressure to lower its meat import tariffs should it seek a trade agreement with the US to compete with the planned EU-US Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership...

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