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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).

US pig inspection pilot could cut product quality, warns advocacy group and inspectors

A US Department of Agriculture (USDA) pilot programme is reducing the quality and safety of American pork products and will pose a significant health risk if it is rolled out...

Incidence of campylobacteriosis stabilises in Europe

The number of reported infections of campylobacteriosis have stabilised in Europe, following a period of increase.

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Norwegian BSE case confirmed

Reports regarding a possible Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) case in a 15-year cow in Norway have been confirmed positive, with a report submitted to the World Organisation for Animal Health...

India publishes document on possible changes to inspection procedures

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is seeking views on proposed changes to the approval of trading partners for imported meat and poultry products.

US inspection ‘misses’ results in higher recalls

Product recalls in the US are tracking well above last year and are on course to be more than four times higher, delegates to the International Production and Processing Expo...

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.