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Baby calves die in transport conditions violating EU law

Undercover investigations by a string of animal rights groups has detailed how Irish calves have been exported to France in “horrific” conditions that breach European law.

Healthy meat brand ends antibiotics use

US healthy meat producer Vermont Smoke & Cure has completed the elimination of antibiotics from its protein supply chain, the company has announced.

Injury risk in US chicken sector drops

The rate of workplace injuries and staff sick leave in the US chicken industry continues to improve, according to health and safety figures for the white-meat sector.

Activists take fight against US sale of foie gras to court

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is violating federal law by allowing the production and sale of foie gras, it was claimed in court yesterday.

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France experiences increase in pork exports

Exports of pork from France have increased by 11% to 232,000 tonnes for the first half of the year, according to latest figures from France Customs. 

EU chemical industry association blasts hormone chemical guidance

The European Commission’s proposed criteria on how to identify hormone-changing (endocrine-disrupting) chemicals in pesticides and biocides are insufficient for regulatory use, according to the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic).

Kane Beef recalls 30 tonnes of meat

US meat processor Kane Beef has issued a voluntary recall of more than 60,000 pounds (lb) of meat after the detection of small metal fragments in its food.

Cargill ends antibiotic use in turkeys

Cargill has stopped using an antibiotic for disease prevention in its turkey flocks, following concern use of the drug in the food chain contributes to the threat of antimicrobial resistance.

Officials swoop on New Zealand man flogging illegal meat

A sting operation to investigate a New Zealand man believed to be selling meat illegally was carried out today by the country’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

China and Argentina agree landmark beef deal

Argentina is celebrating the renewal of a beef deal with China, despite a crackdown on antibiotics contamination which saw a large shipment of its meat destroyed by China.

Mexico and EU struggle to strike organic meat deal

Mexican and EU politicians are keen to strike a deal on organic meat standards to avoid European exports of organic meat grinding to halt in Mexico.

Brazil and US agree bilateral beef trade deal

The US and Brazil have completed a long-awaited two-way trade deal for beef exports, with a flow of meat expected to start in 90 days.

Massive anthrax outbreak wounds Russia’s venison sector

An outbreak of anthrax has killed 1,500 northern deer in Russia and, with the figure set to rise, fears over exports of venison have begun to surface.

Meat smuggling undermines livestock trade in Southeast Asia

The common market launched on 1 January by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has so far failed to promote a sustainable increase in legitimate intra-ASEAN meat and livestock...

Thousands of chickens killed in Iraq bird flu virus

More than half a million birds have died thanks to a highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza strain that has torn through Baghdad and Wasit in Iraq. 

Miratorg wins lawsuit against indebted Pobeda

A subsidiary of Russian meat packer Miratorg, LLC Bryansk Meat Company, has won a legal challenge against poultry supplier Pobeda, which allegedly owed the company millions in missed payments.

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India’s chicken market nervous over US imports

Senior figures in the Indian poultry industry are pushing the government to impose sky-high taxes on US chicken imports.

PETA's ‘absurd’ sin tax on meat blasted

The Animal Agriculture Alliance has slammed a stunt from PETA in which animal rights campaigners dressed up as nuns on stilts preaching for a sin tax on meat. 

Bird flu virus cuts through central Africa

Nations across west and central Africa are on high alert as the highly pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N1 tears through the region with devastating effect. 

Kerala’s ‘fat tax’ could shrink meat sales in India

Meat sales in the southern Indian state of Kerala are expected to fall after the imposition of a 14.5% ‘fat tax’ on western-style fast-food items.

FAO passes salmonella rule to create global meat standards

New guidelines have been adopted for the control of non-typhoidal salmonella in beef and pork at the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

Putin cuts VAT on breeding cattle and poultry in Russia

Russian president Vladimir Putin is to abolish the 10% VAT rate on breeding cattle and poultry, as well as breeding material, until January 2021.

Anthrax-tainted meat linked to multiple deaths

Two people have died and seven have been hospitalised after eating meat contaminated with anthrax in Kazakhstan, according to the country’s National Economy Ministry.

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Food safety body weighs in on meat spoilage

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has updated its advice on meat spoilage during storage and transport, following a request from the European Commission.

EU eases red tape surrounding TSE livestock diseases

EU ministers have eased controls on livestock production within the EU that are designed to restrict the spread of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), such as BSE.

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