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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

Brazil meat scandal: trade hits back after police sting

After a major investigation showed evidence of rotten meat being consumed in Brazil and exported over the last two years, Brazilian meatpacking industry associations have accused the police of exaggeration.

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Judge dismisses pork roll farting lawsuit

A discrimination lawsuit filed by a woman in defence of her overweight husband axed from a New Jersey-based pork roll company for excessive flatulence has been dismissed.

Food safety tips for storm-battered businesses

Donald Trump’s government has shared food safety tips after New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia declared states of emergency as the deadly storm Stella swept across the north-eastern US....

Singapore steps up avian influenza prevention measures

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has moved to reassure consumers that the nation’s poultry and poultry products are safe for consumption following an outbreak of H5N1 avian...

Brussels to ‘improve’ welfare of animals exported to non-EU countries

The European Commission will pursue actions within its remit to improve the welfare of livestock shipped to non-EU countries, after an undercover investigation allegedly showed member state animals subjected to...

Canadian meat wholesaler the victim of $50k theft

Calgary-based Fine Food Stop has had CA$50,000 worth of frozen meat stolen from a truck temporarily used to store food, as the owner saved up for a site expansion.

New food safety rules for butchers

New rules simplifying food safety management in small retail businesses, including butcheries, have been proposed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). 

One hurt as firefighters tackle blaze at US meat plant

One person has been injured after an overnight fire damaged a US meat factory in North Carolina.

Russia loses appeal over EU pork import ban

Russia has lost its appeal against a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling over its blanket ban on imports of pigs and pork products from the European Union (EU).

Canada green-lights irradiation for ground beef

Irradiated ground beef looks set to hit the shelves of supermarket stores after the Canadian government approved its sale.

Resistance to antimicrobials still strong across the EU

Bacteria found in humans, animals and food continue to show resistance to antimicrobials across the EU. 

Online forum explores packaging advances for meat safety

Suppliers seeking an edge in the fight to kill germs and boost shelf-life through packaging innovations can access a free online forum held on 23 March, featuring EU and US...

Five Irish food businesses ordered to close

A Kebab shop and an Indian takeaway were among five food businesses “acting carelessly” and putting consumers at “risk”  hit with closure orders by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland...

Hormel supplier suspended as video depicting ‘pure hell’ surfaces

Pork giant Hormel Foods has stopped taking pigs from its Oklahoma-based supplier after an undercover video showed farmers ripping the testicles off piglets in flagrant abuse of welfare standards.

EU lifts Ukraine poultry ban as disease fear eases

The European Commission has lifted a trade ban on Ukrainian poultry exports, imposed in December 2016 following a regionalisation move for highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Polish meat processor invests €27 million and eyes foreign expansion

To expand and modernise its output capacity, Polish meat processor Sokolów SA completed investments worth close to PLN120m (€27m) in 2016, with plans afoot for more investment this year. ...

CCTV in French abattoirs ‘won’t halt malpractice’

Putting video cameras in France’s 960 slaughterhouses will not stop malpractice, industry groups have argued, following a proposed law mandating video surveillance in slaughterhouses.

$700,000 of cocaine found in Jamaican beef patties

A Jamaican woman faces drug charges after US authorities busted an attempt to smuggle $700,000 worth of cocaine into New York concealed in a box of Jamaican beef patties.

Belgium horsemeat call after drug found in Brazilian imports

A discovery of Brazilian horsemeat laced with naproxen in Belgium has sparked calls for tough controls over EU imports of horsemeat.

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Trump to pick Perdue for Ag Secretary

Donald Trump is set to nominate former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as secretary of the US Department of Agriculture as the President-elect’s inauguration looms closer.

French Assembly votes for compulsory CCTV in abattoirs

The French Assembly has voted for the compulsory installation of CCTV in slaughterhouses. 

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Hong Kong adds to avian flu blocked list

Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has banned the imports of poultry meat and products from Egypt, the Odessa and Chernivtsi Oblasts...

National Chicken Council urges research into slow growth

America poultry organisation, the National Chicken Council, wants the entire industry to invest in researching the economic and welfare benefits of ‘slow growing’ broiler birds.

WTO sets deadline to resolve Russia’s EU pork ban

A final decision on Russia’s toxic and long-running trade ban on EU pork exports is set to be published within the next six weeks, according to the World Trade Organization...

Breast cancer and barbecued meat link slammed

Experts have questioned a US study’s claims that higher consumption of grilled, barbecued or smoked meat may increase the premature mortality risk posed to breast cancer survivors.