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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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Countries react to Brazil BSE discovery

A BSE discovery within Brazil has prompted an international response, with both Egypt and Peru moving to ban imports from the affected state.

Halal row should not hijack labelling debate, says BVA

The UK’s halal labelling row must not derail a campaign which aims to highlight whether meat has been stunned or not at the point of slaughter, veterinary leaders have warned....

Berlin pork symposium discusses piglet castration alternative

Pig producers, processors and veterinarians from around the world met at a symposium in Berlin named ‘Create Winning Relationships Across the Pork Value Chain’, with piglet castration a key topic.

US beef association calls Brazilian food safety into question

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) in the US has highlighted what it calls "significant flaws" in Brazil’s meat inspection systems.

MEPs endorse new animal health laws

European Union (EU) ministers are now considering a new EU animal health law, which has been approved by the European Parliament, and which would unite 40 pieces of existing EU...

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Dutch business charged over horse meat scandal

Dutch businessman Jan Fasen has been charged and held in France, following his involved in the horse meat scandal last year, Agence France Presse (AFP) has reported.

Russia introduces new rules for meat processing and labelling

New technical regulations on the safety of meat and meat products will come into force across Russia and the Customs Union, from 1 May 2014, and look set to bring...

Fraud fears as Canadian agency makes food inspection cuts

Cuts to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has prompted fears of increased food fraud if criminal gangs exploit the resulting lack of inspectors in certain areas.

Customs Union faces trade dispute following poultry ban

The Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia looks to be on the brink of a serious trade dispute after Kazakhstan banned the import of poultry from Russia and Belarus.

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Move away from gestation crates could improve Canadian pork’s image

The Canadian pork industry could have stood to lose CA$1.7bn annually, over the next 15 years, had the decision not been made to move away from the use of gestation...

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Date set to finalise US poultry inspection rule

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said it intends to finalise the proposed Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule by the end of the calendar year.

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