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Hong Kong AI warning as human case now critical

Hong Kong has issued a bird flu warning, confirming that the condition of a man stricken by the disease in Jilin Province, north east China, is now critical.

Better testing fuels US meat pathogen reports

Reported US infections linked to pathogens Yersinia and Shiga toxin-producing E.coli, commonly contaminating meat products, grew in number in 2016, but experts blamed better testing, not more people becoming sick. ...

Second Salmonella recall this month for US food firm

Packaged foods company Conagra Brands has recalled over 50 tonnes of chicken nugget ready meals after a supplier said one ingredient may contain Salmonella.

US petition seeks to ban Brazilian beef imports

A US beef industry-backed petition wants 100,000 signatures to put pressure on the White House to, in its own words, “ban unsafe imports” of Brazilian meat.

Brazil's meat firms face fraud attacks

Interpol wants international assistance in its investigation into alleged fraud against the Brazilian pork and poultry industry, with one trade association admitting the sector has been hit with external attacks, GlobalMeatNews can...

Leading lawyer joins South African poultry crisis fight

A leading human rights lawyer, who has prosecuted war criminals in Yugoslavia and Rwanda, has joined a protest group campaigning to stop exporters dumping unwanted chicken in South Africa.

‘Disaster’ law for the meat industry delayed

A controversial rule governing fair trade practices in the US meat industry, set to come into force in April, has been delayed for six months.

Russia defends Brazil over rotten meat scandal

Russia has enhanced laboratory controls over meat imported from Brazil but will take no further action following the rotten meat scandal, according to Julia Melano, press secretary of Russia’s veterinary...

Over 170 firefighters tackle meat factory inferno

A “relentless effort” from the Los Angeles Fire Department saved half of a massive meat factory in the US state of California after a “raging inferno” ripped through the facility. ...

ADM calls for single strategy to plug jobs gap

A senior Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) executive wants the public and private sectors to work on a single strategy to address the millions of jobs expected to go unfilled...

No health risk from Brazil’s meat scandal, says envoy

The Brazilian government is taking urgent and comprehensive action to fight corruption and collusion between food inspectors and Brazil’s meat industry, an envoy to Brussels has told this site. ...

Key markets lift ban on Brazilian meat

Brazil has let out a sigh of relief this week after crucial export markets, including China and Egypt, lifted import bans imposed following alleged bribery of meat factory health inspectors. ...

Scientists find nanotechnology for detection of foodborne viruses

Canadian scientists claim to have developed a “ground-breaking” nanotechnology sensing mechanism that can detect mild traces of a foodborne virus, potentially making it easier to stop epidemics.

US meatpackers denounce controversial fair play rules

Government litigation set up to protect farmers from “egregious retaliatory practices” have been criticised by American meat boards, which suggest regulation could inflict billions of dollars of financial damage.

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.

News in brief

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.