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Saudi Arabia bans Belgian poultry meat

Saudi Arabia has banned the import of poultry meat and eggs from Belgium following an outbreak of avian influenza.

JBS changes structure after corruption scandal

Beleaguered Brazilian meat giant JBS has created an executive committee to advise its board directors as it seeks to distance itself from the government corruption scandal that has rocked Brazil. ...

Pilgrim's Pride ends farmer contract after animal cruelty claim

The US’s second largest chicken firm, Pilgrim’s Pride, has launched an investigation into welfare standards after an investigation uncovered alleged animal cruelty at its contract farm in Georgia.

US suspends imports of Brazilian beef

The US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has suspended all imports of fresh beef from Brazil due to safety concerns.

Tyson Foods introduces animal welfare measures

Tyson Foods, one of the US’s largest poultry processors, will add on-farm video cameras and pilot humane slaughter methods in a major effort to improve welfare for the 35 million...

USDA sued by meat industry over country of origin labelling

A lawsuit has been filed against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in an attempt to force it to re-introduce country of origin labelling.

Politician wants protection for Australian beef

Beef processed outside of Australia but marketed as ‘Australian’ could be made illegal if MPs get their way, with a fine of more than US$1 million (m) being proposed. 

Tourists tricked into eating dog meat in Bali

Holidaymakers are unwittingly eating dog meat on the Indonesian island of Bali, according to an Animals Australia investigation, raising questions about food safety and animal abuse. 

China rolls out meat safety rule

The state agency overseeing China’s Food Safety Law is requiring all regions to establish a “standardised safe meat supermarket” – a designation which retailers can apply for but will become...

Opposition to fair play rule raised – again

US poultry industry representatives have redoubled opposition to government proposals scrapping the need for farmers to prove competition harm in order to claim compensation.

Thai giant launches new food standard

Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CPF) has introduced a CPF food standard project in an effort to build consistent quality and food safety management systems across its integrated feed-farm-food...

Meat firms hit by huge food safety recall

Nine US meat businesses have been forced to recall a total of over 3.5 million lbs of produce due to the presence of undeclared allergens.

JBS dropped slavery-linked supplier a year ago

Embattled, beleaguered but unequivocally bullish Brazilian meatpacker JBS has strongly defended itself after allegations it bought cattle from a farm under investigation for labour abuse.

Russia to toughen antibiotic stance following scandal

Russia’s sanitary body Rospotrebnadzor is aiming to develop new methods of identifying antibiotic residues in food products within the next three years.

Secret meat site busted by Spanish police

Two people have been arrested after Spanish police swooped on a disgusting covert warehouse storing meat kept in close proximity to mice and dead birds, according to Spanish law enforcement...

Mobile agri-waste unit nets $1m extra for Israeli firm

The first mobile unit designed to travel to farms and remove disease-hit poultry has secured an extra $1.1m for the first-ever order of its mobile agri-waste treatment truck. 

US meat industry against PRIME Act introduction

The US meat industry has reacted unfavourably to the potential introduction of legislation that would allow individual states to distribute products intrastate with fewer regulations.

Brazil President Temer hits out at JBS chief

Brazil’s President Michel Temer has strongly criticised an audio recording made by JBS executive Joesley Batista that allegedly captures the president’s approval to make illegal payments to another politician....

Europe accepts WTO chicken defeat with China

The EU will amend import rules for Chinese chicken after a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel sided against the European bloc in a trade quarrel that stretches back two...

JBS chiefs enter plea bargain amid bribery claims

Seven executives of Brazilian meatpacker JBS, including the billionaire Batista brothers who run the company, have entered a plea bargain in yet another corruption scandal.

Brazil police probe ‘corruption’ in agriculture ministry

Brazilian police have opened two separate “corruption” investigations into whether food companies, including meatpackers, received illicit protection from government sometimes in exchange for bribes.

Police crack Spanish meat swindle

A Spanish meat company has been accused of selling beef burgers bulked up with pork, bread and/or fat in a major case of apparent food fraud.

News in brief

Canadian meat recall triggered over E.coli fears

A recall operation for a large quantity of minced meat products is under way in Canada's most populous province, Ontario, due to fears of E.coli contamination.

Transition period in Belgium to change religious slaughter

A more than two-year transitional period to help slaughterhouses in Belgium adjust to new rules on halal and kosher slaughter has been agreed. 

Halal and kosher slaughter banned in Belgian region

A large region in Belgium has voted in favour of banning halal and kosher meat by outlawing the slaughter of unstunned animals.

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