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US poultry companies recognised for safety performance

Ninety-six US poultry facilities have been recognised for outstanding safety performance, by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council.

Danish government orders full report on listeria outbreak

Denmark’s Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries (MFAF) has ordered food authorities, including the country’s food product agency Fødevarestyrelsen and Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) to deliver a joint...

Bill approved on the reduction of antibiotics

The Californian Assembly has approved a bill which serves to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock, but industry groups say it is unlikely to make a difference.

Meat industry reacts to Russian ban

There has been mixed reaction to news of Russia’s import ban yesterday (7 August), with some associations shrugging it off, and others calling for action to be taken.

US COOL labelling moves one step closer

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has expressed its disappointment at a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to deny its request for a preliminary...

Extra requirements needed from US poultry companies

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to impose additional requirements on poultry companies in a bid to stamp out foodborne illnesses.

EU horsemeat testing shows improvement

The second round of pan-European horse meat DNA tests has shown an improvement from 2013, but still saw products testing positive in seven countries.

Chinese chicken rejected by McDonald’s after scandal

After a major food safety scandal, McDonald’s in Japan has stopped buying chicken from China, while Hong Kong’s outlets have taken chicken products off the menu completely.

Irish food tests reveal ‘misleading’ lamb takeaways

Food safety bosses are investigating after a recent study revealed Irish takeaway restaurants were passing off chicken and beef as lamb.

EU secures WTO panel against Russia pigmeat ban

The European Union (EU) has today (23 July) forced the creation of a disputes panel at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) which will examine the legality under world trade law...

Norway acts against MRSA infection on pig farm

Mattilsynet, Norway’s food safety authority, has ordered the destruction of a pig-herd in Vestre Toten, in western Norway, following the discovery of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) in...

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Shanghai meat processor investigated after TV exposé

Chinese authorities are reported to be investigating claims a Shanghai-based meat processor has been re-cycling expired meat products.

Guidance developed for atypical BSE

A laboratory protocol for studying unusual ‘atypical’ cases of BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) has been developed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

American poultry standards draw criticism at trade talks

As European Union (EU) and US officials began their sixth round of negotiations on an ambitious EU-US free trade agreement in Brussels this week, American poultry practices threatened to become...

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Extra record proposed for ground beef by USDA

Makers of raw ground beef products could be forced to keep records in order to further protect consumers, if proposals by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and...

FSIS sends proposal to modernise US poultry inspection for review

A proposed rule to modernise the system for US poultry inspection has been sent from the United Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to the Office of...

Ukraine seeks to reform livestock industry with new bill

Ukraine’s parliament has approved a bill to introduce a system of mandatory identification and registration for all livestock animals that are kept on farms, regardless of ownership.

Russia imposes temporary ban on cheaper EU beef cuts

Russia has imposed temporary restrictions on the supply of cheaper cuts of raw beef from the European Union (EU), according to a report by Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor.

Brussels abandons plans to simplify livestock rules

The European Commission has abandoned reforms to simplify complex EU legislation on veterinary checks for livestock and for registering and identifying sheep and goats.

US food safety association flags up potential negatives of TTIP

Food safety in the meat industry could be negatively affected by the result of the current Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks between the US and the European Union,...

Foster Farms reinforces commitment to reduce Salmonella

US poultry firm Foster Farms has reiterated its food safety commitments following the latest salmonella outbreak update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

European Commission gives approval for meat preservative

The European Commission has approved the use of ethyl lauroyl arginate (E-243) as a preservative in most heat-treated meat products in the 28-country European Union (EU). But the Commission has...

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Kazakhstan bans Australian beef imports

Kazakhstan has imposed a temporary ban on some imports of Australian beef following the discovery of the growth stimulator trenbolone, according to the Kazakh Agency for Consumer Rights Protection (KACRP).

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US federal agencies seek to leverage expertise on foodborne hazards

A number of US federal agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the aim of providing a more comprehensive approach to dealing with foodborne health hazards, associated with...

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Ground beef recalled due to E.coli scare

Approximately 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products have been recalled by Wolverine Packing Company in Detroit, US, due to fears that it may be contaminated with  E.coli O157:H7....

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