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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. 

Canada and Mexico plot tariffs on US meat imports in labelling row

The Canadian and Mexican governments are preparing to impose retaliatory tariffs on American imports, including meat, over the US’s country of origin labelling (COOL) rules for meat and livestock. ...

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Israeli slaughterhouse closed indefinitely

Israel’s largest slaughter house is to be closed indefinitely, following an undercover report which exposed inhumane treatment of Australian cattle. 

Animals Australia highlights further livestock cruelty

The failure of Australia’s live export regulatory system has been highlighted by a new investigation from animal protection group Animals Australia. 

European Commission called on to label non-stun meat

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on the European Commission to label non-stun slaughtered meat after a study found 72% of people would welcome this information when buying their...

Beef, poultry, seafood big US foodborne illness drivers

Poultry, beef, seafood, dairy and produce were the top categories at the centre of US foodborne disease outbreaks over a 10-year period, according to a report just published.

Russia restricts South American meat imports

Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has recently introduced restrictions on beef imports from several Brazilian companies and has refused entry of a large shipment of meat from Paraguay.

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Polish kosher meat could be banned from export market

Polish kosher meat may soon be banned from being exported, after a request by the country’s ombudsman to make kosher slaughter - or shechita - legal only for local consumption,...

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US issues further guidance on antimicrobial use

A strategy to promote the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals, spearheaded by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has taken another step towards realisation with the announcement...

Chinese food safety amendment could benefit both domestic and international suppliers

The latest amendment to China’s Food Safety Law passed by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), touted by China's government as the "toughest food safety law" in the country's history could promote demand for meat products, imported and...

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...