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France hit by first bird flu outbreak in eight years

Agriculture ministers in France are on high alert after the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu strain was discovered on a family-run farm in Dordogne. 

Tyson Foods - ready ‘since spring’ for bird flu

Tyson Foods has said it has been preparing for another outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) “since the spring”. 

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Costco in E.coli chicken salad scare

Rotisserie chicken salad with E.coli traces has caused the illness of 19 people across seven US states, health officials in Washington have claimed.

US poultry will handle new virus ‘better’

American poultry firms are now better equipped to deal with an outbreak of avian influenza (AI), thanks to improved biosecurity measures, risk management firm Moody says.

Meat tax favoured by public, report finds

Global appetite for meat could be in danger as many consumers believe a tax on beef, chicken and poultry is a sure-fire way to reduce climate change.

ASF concern strikes Finland

Pig producers in Finland fear the spread of African swine fever (ASF) from Eastern Europe to the Scandinavian peninsula, according to a report by the European office of environmental protection...

Calls for culls of boar and deer EU

A senior meat industry official has backed calls for the sustainable culling of wild boar and red deer in Europe, made at a meeting of the European Union (EU) Council...

Meat groups reassure consumers about antibiotics

Meat trade associations in the US have moved to reassure consumers about the use of antibiotics. 

Industry questions EU insect meat food law

European Union (EU) legislation on insect meat needs to be “practical” and “realistic”, the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) says.

Tyson Foods recalls pongy poultry

A large quantity of chicken wings has been recalled by the US protein producer Tyson Foods Inc after fears it had an “off odour”. 

Animal health body targets misuse of antibiotics

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) aims to reduce the misuse of antibiotics by creating a World Antibiotic Awareness Week, between 16 and 22 November.

Poultry and fish technology companies join forces

Two global technology firms that serve the poultry and fish processing industries have announced a co-operation agreement that will allow them to share and combine their products and expertise. 

New ASF outbreaks in Ukraine may pose a threat to Balkans

A new outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) has been discovered in a farm in the Cherkasy Oblast in central Ukraine, following a large-scale inspection by the country’s veterinary body...

Environmental laws set to hit NZ livestock farmers

Increased environmental regulation will have a significant impact on New Zealand’s sheep and beef farmers as well as their dairy counterparts, according to new research by Rabobank.

Carr’s looks at investment plans

Agricultural and food business Carr’s Group has set out extensive global growth plans following its full-year results.

Resolution backs US cattlemen's water legislation criticism

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council praised the bipartisan show of support in the Senate opposing the ‘Waters of the United States’ (WOTUS) rule.

Obama punishes South Africa over chicken row

US president Barack Obama has suspended agricultural benefits to South Africa under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) after its repeated refusal to resume imports of US chicken....

Chinese food safety law examined

Food safety professionals from around the world gathered in Beijing this week for an event focused on implementing China’s new food safety law, which came into effect last month. ...

Pork antibiotic use investigation launched

Antibiotic use in pork production is to be investigated by an independent panel of seven appointed by the US National Pork Board (NPB). 

Russia may expand food embargo to canned meat

Russia may ban imports of canned meat from the European Union (EU), the USA, Canada and number of other destinations already prevented from supplying fresh and frozen meat to the...

American beef products recalled due to E.coli fears

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) revealed that nearly 200,000 pounds of ground beef products has been recalled, following concerns that it may have...

Oxfam report highlights poultry worker conditions

Poultry workers in the USA suffer extremely high rates of injury, earn poverty level wages, and work in a climate of fear, Oxfam America has claimed in a damning new...

European Parliament rejects re-nationalisation of GM decisions

The European Parliament today comprehensively rejected the European Commission’s compromise proposals allowing European Union (EU) member states to restrict or ban the use of genetically modified feed and food on...

ESBL bacteria rates fall in Danish meat

Considerably fewer resistant ESBL bacteria were found in Danish and imported broiler meat in 2014 compared with the year before. It is the second consecutive year that a fall in...

Listeria recalls hit US

American consumers have been warned about two separate instances of meat contamination where there is a risk of listeriosis, a bacterial infection that can kill those with a weak immune...

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