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Food safety is a matter of extreme importance for the meat industry, and government regulation and legislation play a huge role in that. Stay up to date with the latest trends with globalmeatnews.com

Belarus plots reforms to expensive meat subsidies

Belarus plans to reform its profligate state support scheme, backing its domestic meat industry, with the aim of making it more efficient and profitable, according to a spokesperson for the...

No Belgian chicken meat has tested positive for banned insecticide

Belgium’s food safety body, the Federal Authority for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC), has confirmed not a single sample of the tested chicken meat has been found to...

CCTV to be mandatory in English slaughterhouses

The British government has announced plans to make CCTV mandatory in all abattoirs in England.

Polish salmonella crisis might undercut EU formaldehyde ban

Poland is unhappy that the European Commission is opposing the use of formaldehyde while it is in the middle of a salmonella crisis.

Disney pays $177m in ‘pink slime’ defamation case

Walt Disney has reportedly paid $177 million to settle a ‘pink slime’ lawsuit against its subsidiary American Broadcasting Company (ABC) for a story it ran in 2012 that allegedly defamed...

US audit questions Canadian meat inspection

A US Department of Agriculture (USDA) audit of Canadian meat, poultry and egg inspection systems has raised "significant questions" that “need to be addressed”.

Dutch test chicken meat amid huge egg recall

Dutch food safety officials have begun spot-checks on meat-giving chickens, reared on farms housing egg-producing birds treated with the toxic insecticide fipronil, which has sparked a massive egg recall.

Unlabelled meat found in one in five sausages

One in five sausages from Canadian grocery stores tested by researchers contains meat that does not appear on the label.

JBS hires former USDA food safety chief

Brazilian meatpacker JBS has appointed the former head of the US government’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to overhaul meat quality control, following earlier claims of unhygienic standards.

Russian struggle against GMO feed hurts meat business

Russian sanitary watchdog Rospotrebnadzor plans to improve the country’s control over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the domestic food and feed market, according to a government plan on food quality...

BRF vice-president quits amid ‘criminal’ trial

The vice-president of legal and corporate affairs at Brazilian meatpacker BRF, José Roberto, has resigned following a “criminal proceeding” against him. 

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European pig sector to share intel on gas stunning

Trade bodies backing the EU pig sector will start sharing information on gas stunning amid pressure from welfare activists who have long campaigned against the practice.

US pork council backs anti-state regulation act

The US pork industry has thrown its weight behind an act that would stop states from adopting laws and regulations that ban the sale of products from outside of that...

US defends chlorine-washed chicken amid backlash

Trade negotiations between the US and UK regarding poultry imports should be based on “sound science”, as opposed to politics and fearmongering. 

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No timeline on restoring Brazilian beef imports

Brazil needs to make serious progress on its meat inspections before any timeline can be set on lifting a US ban on imports of fresh beef, according to US agriculture...

Brazil and EU team up to take on food security

Brazil and the European Union are throwing their joint support behind agricultural production and working together to tackle food security concerns.

Bone splinter find sparks 3,000 tonne recall of ‘beloved’ hot dogs

New York-based Marathon Enterprises has recalled more than 7m pounds (lb) of hot dogs that may be contaminated with bone fragments.

US BSE fears played down by industry

The US beef industry has moved quickly to allay fears over an incident of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Alabama.

Perdue Farms’ welfare pledges welcomed

US poultry producer Perdue Farms has announced the implementation of new animal care improvements across its business.

Horsemeat trading ring dismantled by police

An investigation by the Spanish Guardia Civil, in co-ordination with Europol, has led to the dismantling of a horsemeat trading ring.

Meat & Livestock Australia invests in measurement systems

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is to invest an additional $14million (m) to co-fund the commercial installation of more DEXA objective measurement systems in individual red meat processing plants.

Food safety body: pork, liver Hep E danger

Undercooked pork is the commonest source of hepatitis E infection for EU consumers, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed.

San Miguel meat processing plants approved

The Philippine Board of Investments (BOI) has approved San Miguel Foods Inc’s (SMFI) application for two proposed meat processing plants in Sta Cruz, Davao del Sur and Pagbilao, Quezon.

Chinese authorities investigate dumped pork

Worries over cold chain integrity and food safety in the imported meat business have arisen in China, where authorities are seeking to trace the origins of a shipment of Danish...

Bird flu sees South Africa toughen live chicken sales

Tightened controls on live chicken sales have been rolled out as South Africa’s government combats the country’s first-ever outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) strain H5N8. ...