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Growth promoters in animal feed banned

The Agricultural Council has made the final adoption of an EU Regulation controlling the use of additives in animal feed which specifically targets antibiotics being used as growth promoters.

Safety test rules agreed

European Union farm ministers have agreed stricter rules aimed at improving food safety, on testing for contamination of meat, milk and shellfish.

Meeting targets

EU commissioner for health and consumer protection David Byrne believes that there is much still to be done in bringing Hungarian food safety standards in line with EU requirements.

Pork quality questioned

A rising tide of imports of pig meat is coming into the UK but much of it which claims to be produced to UK specifications is not, according to the...

Canada moves to reassure

Canadian officials announced on Friday that they are implementing additional safeguards to strengthen their food safety system after the single BSE detection on 20 May 2003.

PIDS cut to zero

In the UK, a levy introduced in the wake of an outbreak of Classical Swine Fever in 2000, is to be reduced to zero.

Japan agrees to US demands

Japan has granted the US' request to extend its deadline for implementing its new beef import regulations. The regulations are to ensure that any beef imported into the country does...

US demands Japanese deadline extension

US agriculture secretary Anne Veneman has asked Japan to postpone its 1 July 2003 deadline for implementing new regulations on beef import standards.

Stricter meat labelling from July

New stricter EU rules on labelling meat-based products are to be introduced from 1 July 2003. The Commission believes that this will give consumers better information on what they are eating.

Meat processors challenge Japanese tariff

Meat producers from the US and Australia have urged the Japanese government not to invoke emergency curbs on imported beef.

QMS issues BSE warning

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is one of many industry bodies to have urged the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to exercise caution over the cessation of the Over 30 Months Scheme (OTMS).

Aviagen adopts salmonella test

Aviagen, the world's largest broiler breeding company, is to use Igen Systems' new salmonella test for its North American poultry stock. The test, which is...

FSA calls for EU action

The UK Food Standards Agency has recommended new measures to prevent very high levels of unnecessary water being added to chicken and an end to 'ripping the consumer off'.

Are UK BSE restrictions necessary?

Britain could drop its expensive ban on eating cattle over 30 months old without significantly raising the risk of vCJD in people, according to a newly-published epidemiological analysis.

EU calls for improvements in cattle transport

The European Commission-funded project CATRA (CAttle TRAnsport) calls for significant improvements to be made in the transportation of cattle prior to slaughter.

FSA to tackle Campylobacter threat

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today published for consultation its strategy to tackle the problem of Campylobacter in UK-produced chicken.

Japan demands proof of origin

Japan has asked 26 beef-exporting countries to provide country-of-origin certificates for beef shipments to help prevent the spread of mad cow disease.

ConAgra recalls poultry

ConAgra Poultry is recalling 129,000 pounds of chicken due to fears that a number of products may contain glass, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Bird flu latest: restrictions to be eased in Netherlands

The EU's Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health agreed late last week to re-authorise the export of live poultry and hatching eggs from certain parts of the...

EU reaches FMD agreement

The European Council of Agriculture Ministers has reached political agreement on revised and improved legislation on EU measures to control outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

eMerge unveils meat inspection device

eMerge Interactive has unveiled its VerifEYE Solo Handheld Meat-Inspection Device at yesterday's Tokyo's 2003 International Food Machinery & Technology Exhibition (FOOMA).

Antibiotic resistance in cattle uncovered

Certain antibiotics common in food animal production actually reduce and inhibit the development of antibiotic resistance, according to new research.

Fischler defends amendments

European Commissioner for Agriculture, Franz Fischler, has defended his much maligned proposed amendments to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Tighter measures to combat Listeria

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that plants making ready-to-eat meat products must add Listeria-killing ingredients to their products.

FAO: no panic over BSE

FAO has said that the discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a cow in Canada should not result in widespread hysteria in Europe and elsewhere.