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IBM and Walmart use blockchain technology to track China’s pork

US technology and retail giants IBM and Walmart, alongside Beijing’s Tsinghua University, will put Chinese pork on a blockchain in a move to bolster food safety and traceability. 

Contamination sparks Tyson Foods popcorn chicken recall

Tyson Foods has recalled over 1,000 pounds (lb) of frozen popcorn chicken shipped to one US wholesaler after a school found hard plastic in packaging of the product.

Michigan Turkey Producers to recall produce due to contamination

US poultry firm Michigan Turkey Producers, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is recalling approximately 54,011 pounds of turkey breast products. 

Ireland mulls meat-origin labelling

The Irish government has told the European Commission it intends to impose mandatory country-of-origin labelling on a host of fresh and frozen meat cuts.

Tican seeking arbitration with Danish Crown

Tican a.m.b.a. will file a case of arbitration with pork producer Danish Crown after Tican’s farming cooperative claimed it was due compensation following the collapsed merger....

Duckling’s head torn off in PETA video

An undercover video has unearthed abhorrent animal abuse at a meat factory in the US, where a baby duck’s head is ripped off and workers smash ducks into brick walls....

Tick bites spark deadly allergic reactions to meat

Experts warn that tick bites are leading to a worrying number of people developing lethal allergic reactions to red meat, with Australia and America most at risk.

Russia continues to battle ASF virus

African Swine Fever (ASF) poses a real threat to the meat markets of Central Europe and Asia, including China, according to Russia’s Agriculture Ministry and veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor. 

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CSP promises 'new standard' in odour fix

Alabama packaging solutions firm CSP Technologies has backed its Pharmapuck scavenging device to “set a new industry standard” to fix fetid odours and increase the shelf-life of packaged food products.

Thai chicken farmers stamp out slavery and abuse

Over 400 poultry farmers supplying Thai chicken exporter CP Foods have pledged to stamp out abuse and exploitation of workers through the implementation of an anti-forced labour programme.

Thai poultry firm threatens to sue NGO

A chicken supplier in Thailand may open a lawsuit against a non-governmental organisation (NGO) over alleged claims of human trafficking. 

Russia challenges WTO pork ban verdict

The Russian government has launched an appeal against the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ruling that the Kremlin’s ban on EU pork products is illegal.

National Pork Board on-track to alter antibiotic use

Big changes are underway in the US pig farming sector, which is ready for forthcoming government changes to antibiotic use, according to the National Pork Board (NPB).

Horsemeat import controls tightened by Brussels

More stringent controls governing EU imports of horsemeat have been adopted by the European Commission, with the decision likely to hit Canadian and South American producers.

US Cattlemen blast Humane Society’s lawsuit

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has vehemently attacked a lawsuit filed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), claiming it will “open old wounds” and “weaken”  the...

EU agriculture commissioner calls for pragmatism on unfair trading practices

EU agriculture and rural development commissioner Phil Hogan wants a review of evidence before Brussels seriously considers legislation to tackle unfair trading practices in the food industry. 

Pakistan meat traders voice concerns over “unchecked” livestock smuggling

Unchecked smuggling of cattle to neighbouring Afghanistan and Iran is causing concern among exporters in Pakistan, with fears that exports will fall further as a result. 

Thai poultry giant faces abuse lawsuit

A lawsuit against one of Thailand’s top meat exporters, Betagro, has been opened by 14 Burmese migrant workers who have alleged the mistreatment they suffered amounted to modern-day slavery. 

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Fera Science Global ID Group deal increases HorizonScan reach

Fera Science has entered into partnership with the Global ID Group to make its HorizonScan system available in new territories. 

Competition Commission of Pakistan slams meat industry

The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has recommended public-private partnership to run the government slaughterhouses following a critical report into the country’s meat industry. 

Concern rises in Kenya over impending end to duty-free trade status

Concern is growing in Kenya that its meat and livestock industry will be expelled from the European Union’s (EU) ‘market access regulation’ (MAR) from 1 October, which has granted its...

CP Foods to tackle slavery in the broiler industry

Thai broiler operator CP Foods has set out to raise industry standards with the implementation of the Good Labour Policy (GLP) for Poultry Farm and Hatchery in Thailand. 

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.