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Halal labelling expected to grow

The prevalence of halal labelling is expected to grow by a quarter between now and 2020, according to market research firm Euromonitor International. 

EU toughens policy on livestock breeding

The EU Council of Ministers has adopted streamlined breeding rules for livestock in the eurozone, while clarifying the rights and duties of EU breeders and the recognition process for breeding...

US body calls for raw chicken laws

Mandatory labelling for raw and stuffed poultry is urgently needed to stop consumers becoming sick and confused, the National Chicken Council (NCC) warned the US government.

Eastern Europe continues ASF struggle

African swine fever (ASF) continues to spread into new territories in Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Russia, threatening the stability of the pig industry in these countries, according to reports from...

TPP will toughen US beef industry and unleash economic growth

The ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal will help US beef producers be more competitive in the global meat industry, an influential study has suggested.

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Sydney fire: meat factory burns to the ground

A fire at a meat processing plant in Banksmeadow, Sydney, has been extinguished after burning for two days straight, causing thousands of dollars in damages.

EU-Chile deal signals new style of organic food trade

The EU has chiselled a template for international organic food trade with its agreement with Chile - a deal that could boost bilateral meat sales. 

Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen sworn in as drug-fed pork tensions rise

Tsai Ing-wen has been sworn in as Taiwan’s first female president, promising to push for dialogue with China, but the leader faces continued pressure over US pork imports.

Antibiotic report driven by ‘political considerations’

A landmark UK report by economist Jim O’Neill on tackling the public health threat of antibiotic resistance has come under fire for putting politics ahead of public health.

Norway under pressure from TTIP to lower meat tax

Norway could face pressure to lower its meat import tariffs should it seek a trade agreement with the US to compete with the planned EU-US Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership...

Food safety concerns raised in market access spat

China’s WH Group's progress has stalled in its home market, despite international successes, due to the country's tough approach to food safety.

Ajinomoto Windsor in massive meat recall

Ajinomoto Windsor Inc has issued a recall of approximately 47,112,256 pounds (lb) of not-ready-to-eat meat and poultry products over potential listeria fears.

Tomra-ViskoTeepak dazzle IFFA with ‘revolutionary’ detection system

Tomra and ViskoTeepak have joined forces to create and showcase a detection system at IFFA which can identify and sort defects in plastic sausage casings – a technology that could...

Pilgrim’s Pride continues recall, taking total to over five million pounds of products

US-based chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride has now recalled over five million pounds (lb) of products between 7 April 2016 to 13 May 2016, confirmed the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

Monkey consumption ‘a threat’ to mankind

The consumption of monkey meat could be threatening our existence, primatologist Cleve Hicks has warned. 

Report questions meat’s relationship with cancer

In light of the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) report last October identifying a correlation between meat consumption and cancer, a new report questions the health impacts of...

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200 kilos of meat seized in Pakistan

News outlets have reported that 200 kilos of unhygienic meat have been seized from two houses during a raid in Pakistan’s district of Faisalabad.   

Meat products recalled by multiple US processors

Approximately 497 pounds of beef jerky has been recalled by Washington-based 4 Frendz LLC due to under-processing and the possible survival of bacterial pathogens in the products, revealed the US...

NFL players warned about meat laced with performance-enhancing drug

Elite athletes from the National Football League (NFL) in the US have been warned about meat in China and Mexico that may contain an anabolic drug banned by the NFL.

Transatlantic trade deal could have 'severe impact' on EU beef

EU farming body Copa-Cogeca has called on the EC to exercise caution in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal, after a study revealed European beef producers could see...

Copa-Cogeca pushes for new breeding techniques

EU farming body Copa-Cogeca has called on the European Commission to clarify the legal status of new breeding techniques (NBTs), such as genetic engineering. 

US government offers funding for antimicrobial resistance research

The US Department of Agricultural (USDA) will make around $6m (£4.8m) available to fund research on combating the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.

Goat plague hits Georgia

A devastating disease, known colloquially as goat plague, has torn its way through sheep flocks in Georgia sparking international calls to tackle the "lethal" infection.

Greenpeace leak reveals TTIP negotiations

Greenpeace has leaked hundreds of pages on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), revealing the deal could threaten EU regulation on food safety and environmental protection.

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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