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Food safety is a matter of extreme importance for the meat industry, and government regulation and legislation play a huge role in that. Stay up to date with the latest trends with globalmeatnews.com

Pressure piles on US to scrap COOL rules as American WTO appeal fails

Canadian meat industry officials and politicians have redoubled their calls for the US to liberalise its country of origin labelling (COOL) rules for meat and livestock, now the World Trade...

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Legislation introduced to repeal US COOL rule

The US country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirement could be repealed after legislation (H.R 2393) was introduced by chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Mike Conaway.

Meat involved in majority of EU food fraud cases

Meat products were the subject of the majority of cases handled by the EU’s Food Fraud Network (FFN) in 2014, a new European Commission report has revealed.

New beef labelling laws to be introduced in US

New rules governing the labelling of mechanically tenderised beef are to be introduced in the US. Consumers and foodservice businesses will now be given more information about how to safely...

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Closure Order for unapproved meat processing facility in Ireland

The Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, has issued a Co. Cavan-based facility with a Closure Order following an investigation into alleged unapproved meat processing activities.

Pakistan government annuls inspection fee rises

The Pakistan government has reversed a decision to increase a health certification fee charged for assessing meat and meat products, three weeks after it was issued, after meat exporters opposed...

US meat producers welcome passing of TPA legislation

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has welcomed the passing of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, by both the Senate Finance Committee (SFC), and the House Ways and Means Committee....

ECJ says EU animal transport welfare controls can apply for journeys outside the EU

The European Union’s (EU) animal welfare transport rules should apply even to live animals transported from the EU to a third country, according to a ruling from the European Court...

Russia continues to tighten GMO legislation

Russia has seen a number of further restrictions on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO), as the State Duma has started to consider a new bill, which could add...

Mexico and Peru remove barriers to trade for US

US beef and pork producers have gained greater access to the markets in Mexico and Peru, after new agreements were reached, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

First jail sentence related to horsemeat scandal

Dutch meat trader Willy Selten has been sentenced to 30 months in prison following his part in the 2013 horsemeat scandal.

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Feedback requested on NZ campylobacter limits

New Zealand broiler chicken processors are being invited to provide feedback on proposed options designed to reduce campylobacter.

New COOL requirements criticised by Irish meat industry

Long-awaited EU-wide rules for country-of-origin labelling on packaged meat products, which came into effect today, have drawn criticism from the Irish meat industry.

US beef association fights USDA dietary recommendations

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has called on US officials to revise the current proposals for the 2015 USDA dietary guidelines.

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B+LNZ welcomes signing of Korea FTA

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has welcomed the signing of the New Zealand-Korea Free Trade Agreement this week, stating the deal was “critical” for sheep and beef farmers and...

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Dutch trader in court over horsemeat

A meat trader in the Netherlands has denied intentionally tampering with meat supplies after being accused of selling 300 tonnes of horsemeat as beef, during the European-wide horsemeat crisis.

Global antimicrobial use forecast to rise more than 60%

Antimicrobial consumption in food animals is predicted to increase by as much as 67% by 2030 to more than 105,000 tons, according to a new research paper .

USA and New Zealand take on Indonesia at WTO over meat restrictions

The USA and New Zealand have joined forces in asking the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to create a disputes settlement body, ruling on whether Indonesian import restrictions on livestock, meat...

Another Indian state tightens cow protection laws

The north Indian state of Haryana has enacted a new cow protection law that bans even the sale of canned beef and increases the prison term for slaughtering cows (including...

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Pork contains safe levels of pesticide residue finds EFSA study

More than 97% of swine meat samples tested were free from detectable pesticide residues, according to the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) 2013 annual report on their levels in food.

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US sees series of meat recalls

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported four meat recalls last week, with fears over contamination, misbranding, and undeclared allergens.

South Africa opens doors to Brazilian meat

The Brazilian government has received confirmation from the South African health authorities that it is to reopen the market for exports of boneless beef.

MEPs reject the sale of cloned animal products in the EU

Members of the European Parliament’s (MEPs) committees on agriculture and environment and food safety have demonstrated their continued strong opposition to the use of cloning for farm animals or for...

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BSE case confirmed in Alberta, Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been discovered in a beef cow, in Alberta.

MEPs vote in favour of origin labelling for meat in processed foods

Country-of-origin labelling (COOL) for meat used as an ingredient in processed foods is one step closer to becoming a reality following a vote in European Parliament yesterday (12 February).

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