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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.

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.

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...

EU poultry retailers held to account on third-party fresh products

European Union (EU) poultry retailers may be penalised if they sell salmonella-contaminated fresh products, even when they are processed and packaged by another company, the European Court of Justice (ECJ)...

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Chicken juice offers perfect environment for campylobacter to flourish

The natural juice from chicken is key to the persistence of campylobacter in food processing sites and kitchens, according to a study carried out at the Institute of Food Research...

Multiple bird flu outbreaks reported in Europe

Highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks have been reported in the UK and the Netherlands over the past couple of days, following an outbreak of the H5N8 strain of bird flu...

Russia bans ready-to-cook products from several EU markets

Russian sanitary service Rospotrebnadzor has announced a ban on imports to Russia for a number of ready-to-cook products from Italy, France, Spain and Germany, including beef sausage, roast and goulash.

Fears that German avian flu outbreak could spread

Animal health experts are continuing to monitor the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 in Germany as the yearly migration of wild birds continues to cause concerns the condition...

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Volk launches meat thermometer

American food safety equipment manufacturer Volk Enterprises has launched a new thermometer, Cook’d Right, for the meat and poultry sectors.

New safety levels claimed with GloveCheck

BladeStop, makers of sensory equipment which can reduce injuries in people using bandsaws has launched a new safety prodict, GloveCheck.

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OIE publishes new guide to animal health surveillance

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has published a new guide to ‘Terrestrial Animal Health Surveillance’.

Slaughterhouses can force vets to visit on Sundays

European Union (EU) judges have ruled that slaughterhouses within the EU can only insist that public authorities provide a veterinarian supervising slaughtering on Sundays or public holidays, if it is...

Risk of Ebola transmission from imported bushmeat is low

The risk of Ebola being introduced and transmitted to Europe through illegally imported bushmeat is low, according to a new report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Russian vet agency accuses EU counterparts of colluding with European meat smugglers

Russia’s federal veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance service Rosselkhoznadzor has accused European Union (EU) regulators of collaborating with smugglers sneaking meat into Russia, breaching its EU import ban.

EU food fraud alert tool to be rolled out early next year

A new food fraud alert tool should be deployed early next year, to work alongside other new strategies to help prevent crimes such as the horsemeat mislabelling scandal, officials from...

Japanese plan to raise wagyu sales in EU

Following the EU removal of a ban on imports of Japanese beef, the Asian country is looking to increase sales of the speciality meat Europe, as well as obtaining EU...

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Venezuelan controls encourage major meat and livestock smuggling to Colombia

The Venezuelan government’s economic policies have created a boom in the smuggling of contraband meat and livestock to neighbouring Colombia. The trade is pushing down Colombian prices, putting consumers at...

People in Karachi condemned to consume unhygienic meat, says Pakistan experts

A former secretary general of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has roundly condemned environmental health controls at the main slaughterhouse for Karachi, the country’s largest metropolitan area and home to...

Russia considers retail restrictions on imported meat products

The Russian parliament looks set to restrict retailers from selling more than 50% imported meat products, in a bid to further stimulate the development of the domestic meat industry.

WTO panel finds US COOL rule violates TBT Agreement

The World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) compliance panel has found that the US’ amended country of origin labelling (COOL) measures violate part of the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement.

US cattlemen’s associations say ‘no’ to supplemental beef checkoff

Forty-five US state cattlemen’s associations have sent a joint letter to agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack, calling for proposals for a supplemental beef checkoff to be abandoned.

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Perdue Farms reaches settlement over labelling lawsuit

America poultry firm Perdue Farms and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have announced the settlement of two federal court cases, concerning a labelling claim on Perdue’s Harvestland...