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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.

NFPA welcomes irradiation announcement

The National Food Processors Association (NFPA) has welcomed the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) announcement permitting the use of irradiated meat for school lunches.

Antibiotics in focus

A US survey has revealed that almost three quarters of Americans are concerned about the presence of antibiotics in meat production.

Tighter labelling called for

Ingredients and labelling hit the news again this week following revelations in the UK that chicken has been bulked up with water and hydrolysed beef and pork proteins - without...

Breakthrough in eradication of Listeria

A new tool for subtyping strains of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria that cause food-borne illness has been developed in America by USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists.

EU directive could hit livestock producers

Intensive livestock producers have warned that a proposed new EU environmental directive could have a significant effect on livestock producers.

Comeback for British beef

A decision by the OIE, the world organisation for animal health, to modify BSE risk levels could lead to the UK having the same status as the rest of Europe.

EC strengthens bird flu measures

The European Commission's Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health met last week to discuss again the avian influenza situation in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Landmark ruling on Portuguese exports

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has this week annulled the Commission's decision to end the ban on bovine products from Portugal, following a French-led legal challenge.

vCJD risk declining?

Statistics linking death and the variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) from eating BSE infected meat may not be as startling as once believed.

Canadian BSE case hits meat market

Confirmation of a case of mad cow disease in Canada has resulted in plummeting shares within the meat processing and manufacturing industries.

UK debates Halal slaughter

New proposals governing the humane slaughter of animals in the UK could have huge implications for Jewish and Muslim communities, as well as the British meat processing industry as a...

EC responds to possible bird flu outbreak in Germany

Following the possible outbreak of avian influenza in Germany last week, the European Commission has decided to reinforce the control measures already put in place by German authorities.

Europe says yes to tagging

The European Commission believes that the results of the Electronic Identification of Animals (Idea) project, presented yesterday, confirm the feasibility of electronically tagging cattle, sheep and goats.