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EU approves Thai food safety

Europe recognised the role of Thailand in south-east Asia and its role in advocating improved food safety at a meeting in Brussels last week.

E.coli drop in ground beef

A drive in the US to reduce the foodborne disease E.coli could be paying off with fresh data from the department of agriculture (USDA)...

Setting standards

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has released information aimed at advising farmers on best food safety practices.

Schröder: resume talks

Following the failure of the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in Cancún, Mexico, German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder issued an appeal to all parties concerned to resume talks as soon as...

Cloud lifts over California

There are no longer any areas in the United States that are quarantined because of exotic Newcastle disease (END), a serious disease of poultry and other birds.

Newcastle found in Denmark

An outbreak of Newcastle disease, a highly contagious poultry virus, has been reported in Denmark.

Commission authorises Spain to pay

The European Commission has added Spain to the list of Member States authorised to make advance payments in a number of meat sectors.

BSE detection speeds up

A new rapid test for prions was featured at the recent meeting of the American Chemical Society. The test has been developed by the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases in San...

EU responds to Argentinean FMD outbreak

The European Commission has been informed of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in pigs in Argentina.

Carcass rinse gains approval

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted approval for a proprietary formulation of lactoferrin. The ruling paves the way for the commercial application of this new food safety...

One step closer to E. coli control

In our first news of the day from the Society for General Microbiology's meeting, scientists from the Institute for Animal Health announced progress towards controlling the deadly E. coli bacterium.

Warning as salt levels sizzle and soar

In 2001 enough sausages were sold in Britain to go around the world five times. That's a lot of sausages, but also - as the UK food agency points out...

Improving poultry performance

Sygen International is to receive funding from the BIRD (Binational Industrial Research and Development) foundation to carry out research into disease resistance and mortality in poultry.

Russia opens up

Russia is to allow imports of boneless Canadian beef, so long as the meat can be satisfactorily proven to be free of mad cow disease (BSE).

Protected by protein

The US Food and Drug Administration has said that it is safe to spray lactoferrin, a milk protein, on to beef carcasses to fight disease-causing bacteria such as E. coli...

Twice as safe

US firm Swift has implemented a new double pasteurisation system at six of its American beef processing plants. The company believes that this will significantly improve the group's food safety...

EU to compensate Member States over FMD

The EU is to contribute to the compensation of four countries that took precautionary measures against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in 2001.

US opens door

The United States department of agriculture (USDA) has said that it will allow the importation of certain ruminant products from Canada.

FSAI issues mark of approval

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has announced details of a new approval mark for small meat plants to comply with recent regulations regarding meat products.

Label law

Pig producers in the UK are calling for tighter legislation to govern the labelling of pork. Many producers claim that a current loophole in the law is allowing some processors...

Green light for irradiation research centre

Texas A&M University's Institute of Food Science & Engineering has said it has received a USDA grant to establish a centre for research into electron beam research.

US awaits Japan's decision

The US department of agriculture has announced that it will know next week whether Japan is satisfied with the new steps taken to prevent mad cow disease in US beef...

US expands equipment approval programme

The US department of agriculture (USDA) is expanding its equipment and utensil inspection and certification programme for the meat and poultry industry.

The poultry project

Residues from veterinary drugs, used as feed additives in the poultry industry, will soon be easier to detect, according to a group of researchers working on Poultrycheck, an ongoing EU-funded...

EU lifts African restrictions

The European Commission has decided to lift the last remaining restrictions imposed on meat imports from Swaziland and Botswana. The ban was imposed following outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).