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US toughens food safety regulation for poultry

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalised new federal food safety regulations to reduce the risk of salmonella and campylobacter in chicken products.

Red meat sector welcomes TPP Agreement signing

The signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement in New Zealand has been dubbed “a significant step towards reducing the amount of tariff and non-tariff barriers on red meat exports”...

Meat safety scandal: OSI challenges China's court

US food firm OSI has reacted furiously to a Chinese court ruling, which claimed the company had supplied substandard food products to fast-food chains in China, including McDonald’s.

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Beef ravioli recalled over pork contamination

US-based Home Maid Ravioli Company has been forced to recall 34,000 pounds (lb) of beef ravioli products after it emerged the pasta contained pork, but did not specify this on...

Over 2,000 sheep hit with bluetongue virus in Georgia

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has confirmed that five isolated outbreaks of bluetongue have been detected in Georgia.

‘Operation Boomerang’ lamb ad did not break adverting rules

Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA’s) controversial lamb advert, which incensed vegans, has been cleared of breaching the Australian Association of National Advertisers’ strict code of ethics.  

Threat of beef and pork price-fixing probe hangs over France

The European Commission is making preliminary inquiries to determine whether a full-blown investigation into alleged price-fixing in the French pork and beef markets is justified. 

Poultry imports blocked by Saudi and South Korea

South Korea has banned imports of US poultry, while Saudi Arabia has embargoed French poultry as pathogenic strains of avian influenza beset the US and France. 

Meat supplier awaits verdict on major food safety trial

Many eyes are trained on the Jiading district people’s court in Shanghai this week, which is due to deliver a verdict on the trial of staff from two subsidiaries of...

Bird flu returns to the US

The US government has reacted quickly to protect the poultry sector from a potentially devastating bird flu outbreak to avoid a repeat of 2015’s crisis. 

US cattlemen: TPP vital to reach world’s middle class

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has said the swift implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is crucial to help American beef reach the world’s growing middle class. ...

Game over for French poultry export refunds

Europe’s General Court (EGC) has backed the European Commission’s (EC) 2013 ruling removing export refunds on three types of frozen poultry.

Text PorkCrisis for breaking pig news

The National Pork Board has launched Pork Crisis Alerts, a text service that delivers breaking virus outbreak and industry-wide emergency news to pork producers in the US.

Does meat reinforce masculinity?

Scientists from the University of Hawaii are to explore how the consumption of meat impacts masculinity, and question if men can stomach the punch of a vegetarian alternative.

South Africa ends trade row with the US

South Africa has ended its trade dispute with the US, allowing most imports of beef, pork and poultry access to the market, after what the US described as “intense” negotiations

Eat lean meat, say US dietary guidelines

The US government’s new dietary guidelines support the role of lean red meat in a healthy balanced diet.

Bird flu virus claims Chinese woman's life

A woman from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has died after she became infected with the deadly H5N6 bird flu strain, Hong Kong’s Health Department has said. ...

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Over 7,000 pounds of US sausages recalled

California-based Neto’s Sausage has recalled 23 types of beef, pork and chicken products after they were shipped for sale without a food safety inspection. 

South African bodies lock horns on US poultry

South Africa’s Poultry Association (SAPA) has said it will not lower poultry testing standards to accommodate US imports, after an industry body criticised it for “stubborn protectionism” over the country’s...

TPP players to sign deal in February

The 12 members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact hope to sign a document in February that verifies the wording of the historic trade deal.

Russia signs meat deal with Iran

Russia is set to launch supplies of poultry and beef to Iran by mid-January 2016. 

UK pork processors eye US export savings

Pork processors in the UK may soon enjoy costs savings with exports to the US, after an agreement with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) was reached this week.

Vietnam raises bird flu alert as dangerous strain detected

Panic-stricken Vietnam has raised the bird flu alarm as two strains of avian influenza infect people in China. 

Antibiotic-resistant pigs found in the UK

Pigs resistant to last-resort antibiotics, used on humans when all other medication fails, have been discovered in the UK, sparking fears of an ‘antibiotics apocalypse’. 

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WTO scraps subsidies on meat exports

Meat exporting countries worldwide will be scrapping export subsidies after a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting in Nairobi agreed on Friday 18 December to phase out distortive trade sweeteners.