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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.

Cloned cattle meat safe, say Japanese

Japan's ministry of health has claimed that consumers will not suffer any ill effects from eating the meat of cloned cattle.

Bird virus has not mutated, claim Dutch health officials

A Dutch vet believed to have died of bird flu was not suffering from a mutated form of the virus, according to the Dutch health ministry.

EU animal by-product legislation comes into force

Legislation that aims to integrate the animal by-products sector into the farm to table approach for food safety comes into force on 1 May 2003.

Fighting Listeria, the natural way

Danish scientists announce a breakthrough in the battle against the harmful Listeria bacterium, with the discovery of a common lactic acid bacterium that fights Listeria efficiently in foods.

Samonella screening system adopted by USDA

Dupont Qualicon's BAX system - a genetics-based screening method - has been adopted by the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service to detect Salmonella in meat...

All change for OTM?

The UK Food Standards Agency is consulting on replacing one of the BSE controls - the Over Thirty Months rule - with BSE testing.

Egg yolks used to fight food bacteria

Researchers in Canada are developing a natural antibody cocktail that they claim can help prevent the most common foodborne germs, including E. coli and Salmonella, in a range of fresh...

SSC adopts new rapid BSE tests

The Scientific Steering Committee has a number of new resolutions to help fight both BSE and TSE in Europe. The resolutions include the approval of a test kit for BSE...

EU defines GMO guidelines

The European Commission has adopted a series of guidelines aimed at defining genetically modified foods - a move that should have significant impacts on meat processors.

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