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Denmark mulls beef tax to tackle climate change

Denmark may impose a tax on red meat after the Danish Council of Ethics suggested a change in beef consumption could “make a big difference” to climate change.

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Massive bird flu outbreak in Iraq

Veterinary officials in Iraq have killed hundreds of thousands of chickens after a deadly strain of avian influenza was detected in the country for the first time in a decade.

Don’t sacrifice antibiotics to boost marketing, poultry body urges

The use of antibiotics in intensive poultry farming should not be cut but minimised and carefully planned to safeguard animal welfare, the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) has said.

USDA secretary on diplomatic mission to Japan and Vietnam

Tom Vilsack, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) secretary, has led a diplomatic mission to Japan and Vietnam to underscore the significance of bilateral trade, which includes reducing tariffs on...

US poultry industry suggests regulator operates above the law

A collection of US poultry boards has said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans to carry out chicken factory inspections that do not comply with the US Constitution. ...

US restaurant chains urged to stop antibiotics support

A $1 trillion coalition, made up from 54 institutional investors, has called for 10 of the largest restaurant chains in the US, as well as the UK, to stop sourcing...

US cattle industry calls for vote on TPP

A total of 225 US food and agricultural associations, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) sent a letter to members of Congress on Monday 11 April calling for an...

USDA plans to tighten organic meat policy

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make regulatory changes to organic meat and poultry practices, to ensure there’s a national standard to which high-welfare livestock producers adhere.

Australian livestock exporters air concern over ‘fundamental problems’ with reform

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) has welcomed government reform to streamline export certification processes, but harbours concern over the amount it will save meat producers.

Australia’s watchdog plans beef sector dissection

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced plans for a major probe and analysis into competition, efficiency and transparency in the country’s red meat industry.

US pork body praises government efforts to curb antibiotic resistance

The National Pork Board in the US has praised Barack Obama’s administration for a draft proposal on combating antimicrobial resistance, which it claimed mirrors steps already taken by American pork...

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European Food Safety Authority launches food risk grant

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is looking for grant proposals to develop new methods designed to explore emerging food risks, mycotoxin mixtures and animal diseases.

US invests in nanotechnology for food safety

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced plans to pump millions into researching ways nanotechnology can be used to improve food safety.

South Korea hit with bird flu outbreak

Just one month after securing its bird flu-free status, South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed bird flu has been detected near the country’s capital, Seoul. ...

Turkey plans emergency response test to foot-and-mouth disease

On Monday 28 March, Turkey’s government and veterinary health bodies will stage a full-size simulation of a foot-and-mouth outbreak to test how the country would handle an outbreak.

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Abandoned meat to be destroyed

The Philippine government has approved the disposal of 171 containers of pork that were abandoned at the Bureau of Customs at Manila International Container Port (MICP).

US plans to modernise meat inspection

US government agency the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has requested millions of dollars from Congress to develop a rigorous, science-based method to improve its meat inspection capabilities. 

US toughens meat law on thermally processed meat

The US government is planning to “consolidate and streamline” existing pork and poultry laws to remove outdated trichinae controls and integrate policy on thermally processed meat.

Poultry vaccines nullify antibiotic need

The Ceva Poultry Vaccinology Summit in Barcelona has said vaccines, not antibiotics, are the long-term solution to the prevention of dangerous poultry diseases like avian influenza (AI).

EU ministers rally to help 'bleeding' pork business

EU ministers have told the European Commission to devise detailed assistance measures to help European pigmeat producers, following a debate at the EU Council of Ministers for agriculture on 14 March.

Russian body expresses alarm over safety of sausages

About 75% of sausage products on Russia’s grocery shelves not only fail to meet quality standards, but could be dangerous to public health, according to a study by consumer protection...

Auchan faces Russian complaints over meat quality

Meat products samples, found in five Auchan outlets in Moscow and Moscow Oblast, contain excessive levels of E.coli, S.aureus, as well as tetracycline antibiotics, according to an investigation by Russian...

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Nestle meals recalled over glass contamination

A range of chicken pizzas and lasagnes have been recalled by Nestle USA after customers complained of finding small pieces of glass in their food. 

Animal health body criticises welfare law

Compassion in World Farming (CiWF) has slammed the newly-approved EU Animal Health law for ignoring what it considers to be of the main causes of animal disease – intensive farming...

Starbucks in meat muffin listeria recall

Coffee giant Starbucks has recalled its sausage, egg and cheese breakfast muffin from 250 US stores in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas over fears of listeria contamination. 

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