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South Korea confirms full traceability for its pork

Pork in the Republic of Korea is now fully traceable throughout the entire supply chain, according to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA).

Genetically modified feed may be less likely after EU vote

European Union (EU) meat and livestock producers are less likely to worry that their animals have fed on fodder contaminated with genetically modified (GM) material following a European Parliament vote...

CiWF hopeful of appeal in California foie gras case

Compassion in World Farming (CiWF) has voiced its disappointment at the ruling to overturn the ban on foie gras in California.

Chinese province to halt live poultry trade

The Guangdong provincial government has signed a regulation that will limit the trading of live birds in urban areas, as it aims to curb the spread of avian influenza in...

European Commission sets out position on food safety and animal welfare in TTIP papers

The European Commission (EC) yesterday (7 January) published a series of legal texts and position papers, setting out EU proposals in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations with...

FSIS issues final rule on meat and poultry description changes

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a final rule on changes to the description of raw meat and poultry products.

Norway food watchdog ensures hygiene standards at Nortura meat plant

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) has issued a notice of censure regarding deficient hygiene standards at a meat plant run by major Norway meat processor Nortura.

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USDA appoints new members to meat and poultry committee

US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the new members appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) for the 2014-2016 term.

Top 10 global trade stories of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close GlobalMeatNews looks back at some of the biggest international trade stories to make the headlines this year. From Russia’s ban on meat imports in...

McDonald’s to change Swedish advertising after watchdog censure

McDonald’s has earned a censure from the Swedish advertising ombudsman, Reklamombudsmannen, which found fault with aspects of its advertising that suggested beef sold in its outlets is largely sourced in...

Suppliers must meet new guidelines by mid-2016

Walmart leads the charge toward improved poultry safety (Part 1)

To better protect its customers against foodborne illnesses, Walmart announced it is beefing up its poultry safety guidelines for US suppliers. 

Polish court rules non-stun slaughter ban unconstitutional

Poland’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the country’s ban on non-stun slaughter is unconstitutional, and represents a violation of religious freedom.

Mexican horsemeat imports suspended by European Commission

A ban on imports of horsemeat from Mexico has been implemented by the European Commission following food safety concerns.

Lessons to be learned from Maple Leaf’s loose sow housing trial

Canadian hog producers are set to learn from a trial currently under way at a Maple Leaf Foods barn near Steinbach, Manitoba.

MEPs push hard for EU origin labelling law on meat

A European Parliament committee vowed to swiftly approve any formal proposal for mandatory labelling for processed meats, claiming 90% of its members favour such a European Union (EU) law.

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US issues final rule on poultry imports

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule, amending regulations for the import of poultry and poultry products from regions...

US appeals WTO decision in COOL dispute

The United States has appealed the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) decision, on its amended country-of-origin labelling (COOL) measures.

Pork producers see success with Trichinella guidelines

The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) has agreed to draft guidelines for the control of Trichinella spp in pork, marking a major victory for the US pork industry, according...

Danish best practice highlighted at International Pig Seminar

Pig welfare, advances in genetics, and strict hygiene practices were highlighted as key to Denmark’s success by leading industry figures at the International Pig Seminar this week.

Swiss firm investigated in new ‘horsemeat’ scandal

A Swiss meat supplier has been accused of labelling horsemeat as beef, on top of other instances of "deception", in Europe’s latest adulteration scandal.

Random tests find MRSA in Danish and German pork in Sweden

Pork containing MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) has been detected during random checks by Sweden’s national veterinary institute (Statens veterinärmedicinska) inspectors.

Swedish government tests give clean bill of health to Axfood beef

Laboratory tests conducted by Sweden’s National Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket) have given the all-clear on meat recalled by food group Axfood AB on 19 November. 

Biosecurity precautions urged over bird flu threat in Europe

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have warned that avian influenza’s “rapid spread” through Europe threatens the poultry sectors...

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US pork board approves funding for swine centre

The US’ National Pork Board has approved the funding of a national Swine Health Information Center.

UK bird flu strain confirmed as H5N8

The recent outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the UK has been confirmed as the H5N8 strain of the disease - the same as the outbreaks in the Netherlands...