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Avian flu found in Germany

A case of the bird flu strain H7N7 has been found on a poultry farm in Emsland in north Germany.

Australian origin labelling proposals could go further, say farmers

Australian farmers have highlighted the failure of legal proposals to make the labelling of the origin of key ingredients mandatory.

Suppliers must adhere to new BRC guidelines

Food manufacturers and suppliers need to ensure they are up to speed with new food safety standards, which have been introduced following ‘Horsegate’. 

MEPs slam EC’s GMO proposal

A draft EU law that would enable any member state to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was strongly opposed by European...

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Petition launched for meat tax in Sweden

Calls for a meat tax in Sweden have resurfaced two years after its government ruled out the Swedish Board of Agriculture's suggestion that such a tax could curb consumption and...

Consumers prefer US-labelled meat products

Despite an attempt to repeal country-of-origin labelling (COOL) in the USA, a study has found that consumers prefer meat products labelled from the US. 

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EFSA urges combined approach on African swine fever

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended a combination of different management measures to contain the spread of African swine fever (ASF) among wild boar populations in Eastern Europe.

EU approves new Trichinella testing method

Abattoirs and meat producers have a safer way to test swine carcases for the potentially dangerous Trichinella at meat inspection. 

Pig farm restrictions slash pork production in southern China

Restrictions on pig farming mean one of China’s leading regions is facing a crunch in pork supply that could significantly push prices, researchers have warned. 

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Major US chicken product recall

US company Aspen Foods, is recalling 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken that may be contaminated with salmonella enteritidis.

Ireland to debate non-prepacked meat labelling

Ireland has launched a public consultation on the extension of mandatory country-of-origin labelling rules to non-prepacked meat, the minister for agriculture, food and the marine Simon Coveney has announced.

Marfrig reveals progress on sustainability

A pledge to end slave labour in the supply chain and increased use of biomass energy production are among the areas covered in Marfrig Global Foods’ 2014 annual sustainability report. 

US red meat exporters enjoy boost from Korea

Korea offers hope to US beef and pork exporters after international trade lost momentum in May, falling below levels for last year in both volume and value.

Canadian protein firm recalls beef lips products

A Canada protein firm has recalled 1,540 pounds of beef lip products produced in Australia that were not presented at the US point of entry for inspection.

Su Cheng Foodstuffs investigated over food fraud

Food fraud revelations have appalled consumers in a prosperous Chinese east coast city.

Cooperl responds to contaminated meat fine

French pig cooperative Cooperl has expressed regret over a €150,000 fine it received from a court in France for handling contaminated meat, but stressed the court dismissed several charges against it.

EFSA fleshes out pre-packed fish temperatures

Pre-packed fish storage and transport temperature guidance has finally been set out in a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report, with the issue having been vague for years.

Salmonella in poultry still a major risk says EU alert service

The annual report of the European Union’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) has revealed a 25% increase in notifications of food or feed health risks compared to...

Meat trade organisations welcome new Obama trade negotiating powers

The European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (UECBV) has welcomed the securing of trade promotion authority (TPA) by US President Barack Obama, which will allow him to negotiate trade deals...

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Forty-year old meat found in Chinese investigation

Nearly half a billion US dollars-worth of smuggled frozen meat, some of it 40 years old, has been seized by officials in China in the latest food safety crackdown.

Jellyfish lamb could have made it onto general market

A lamb that had a mother genetically modified with jellyfish protein was sold to an abattoir and may have been mistakenly eaten, a French medical research laboratory has admitted.

European Parliament votes to ban clones from the EU

A pair of key committees at the European Parliament voted yesterday (June 17) to propose a full European Union (EU) ban on producing or importing cloned animals, their descendants and...

Commission urged to halt Canadian horsemeat imports

Serious concerns have been raised over the safety of horsemeat exported from Canada to the EU, following the release of an audit by the European Commission’s Food Veterinary Office (FVO)...

MEPs vote Wednesday on toughening EU cloning ban

A joint meeting of the European Parliament environment and agriculture committees will on Wednesday (17 June) vote on proposals to toughen two draft laws to ban the cloning of farm...

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Uzbekistan salmonella and campylobacter rates same as in EU

The level of salmonella and campylobacter in poultry and humans in Uzbekistan is on a par with that found in European Union countries, according to a recent study.