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National Chicken Council urges research into slow growth

America poultry organisation, the National Chicken Council, wants the entire industry to invest in researching the economic and welfare benefits of ‘slow growing’ broiler birds.

WTO sets deadline to resolve Russia’s EU pork ban

A final decision on Russia’s toxic and long-running trade ban on EU pork exports is set to be published within the next six weeks, according to the World Trade Organization...

Breast cancer and barbecued meat link slammed

Experts have questioned a US study’s claims that higher consumption of grilled, barbecued or smoked meat may increase the premature mortality risk posed to breast cancer survivors.

French meat and dairy country-of-origin labelling trial begins

France is trialling a two-year country-of-origin labelling (COOL) scheme for meat in ready meals and milk in a host of prepared food items.

E.coli concern sparks Gold Medal Packing recall

New York-based Gold Medal Packing Inc has recalled over two tonnes of boneless veal products that may be contaminated with E.coli O26 and O45

Top news stories from the festive holiday

US tariffs on European Union (EU) meat exports, mergers and a string of avian influenza outbreaks are just some of the biggest stories you may have missed over the holiday...

Jamaican police warn of rising livestock theft

With meat sales buoyed by Christmas, the Jamaican Constabulary Force has warned the country has been hit with “a large spike” in livestock theft.

Processed meat may ‘worsen’ asthma symptoms

Asthma sufferers could be at risk of making their symptoms worse, if they consume a high level of processed meat, according to French researchers.

Meat industry anger over midnight GIPSA rule

A cross-section of US meat bodies have reacted vociferously to proposed regulatory changes from government to protect farmers from “egregious” processor practices, warning the rules could cost jobs.

US legal battle over inhumane slaughter starts

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), citing an unreasonable delay to an AWI petition.

MEPs place cap on deep-sea fishing

MEPs voted to ban deep-sea fishing below a depth of 800 metres in the North-East Atlantic on Tuesday, 13 December. 

News in brief

Broiler diseases pose no further threat to food safety

Degenerative breast diseases in broiler chickens have been proven to present no risk to food safety, nor are they associated with infectious or pathogenic agents. 

US cattlemen win ‘first round’ of government challenge

A magistrate judge has shown favour to the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) in a legal battle with the government. 

Studies reaffirm international campylobacter concerns

Fears over campylobacter levels in chicken in New Zealand have been reignited, thanks to recent research. 

Calls made to include cancer warning on processed meat

Labels warning of cancer risks should appear on US processed meat and poultry products, according to The Center for Science and the Public Interest (CSPI).

Japan scrambles to limit impact of bird flu outbreak

Japan has confirmed a third outbreak of avian flu in as many days, prompting the cull of thousands of farmed birds in the north of the country.

US government proposes changes to meat and poultry's nutritional display

Suggestions have been made to ensure that American consumers have up-to-date nutritional information on their meat and poultry products. 

Growth promoters reportedly discovered in Cherkizovo poultry

Metabolic chemicals have been found in chicken legs from poultry farm JSC Chicken Kingdom, part of Cherkizovo Group in Lipetsk Oblast, Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has reported.

Bird flu on Britain’s doorstep as virus hits Calais

A highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza (AI) strain has been detected in a flock of wild ducks in Calais, putting UK authorities on high alert.

NZ government swoops on illegal meat operation

An illegal yet sophisticated meat processing ring in greater Auckland has been shut down after a raid orchestrated by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Poultry import ban amid avian influenza outbreak in Denmark

Singapore, Japan and South Korea have stopped poultry imports from Denmark after an avian influenza virus (H5N8) outbreak affected the country’s entire poultry sector. 

Rising pig prices lead to smuggling epidemic

Historically high Chinese pig prices and ongoing crackdowns on farmyard pollution appear to have driven a wave of pig smuggling from Vietnam into China. 

USDA offers up last-minute Thanksgiving food safety advice

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published a guide to food safety ahead of Thanksgiving (24 November). 

Philippines takes on meat import fraud through permit recall

In a bid to tackle import food fraud, the Philippines Department of Agriculture is to cancel and recall all import permits on agricultural products. 

Germany vows to control Europe’s bird flu epidemic

Germany has vowed to fight its outbreak of avian influenza as the H5N8 strain rips through eight European countries.