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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.

EU proposes tough laws to fight unfair trading practices

EU task force recommends new laws to combat unfair trading practices in the supply chain after coming under fire from farming body Copa-Cogeca. 

Hungary hit with trade bans following bird flu outbreak

Seven non-EU member states and territories have banned Hungarian poultry imports after an outbreak of the avian influenza (AI) strain H5N8 at a Hungarian turkey farm in Békés....

Smuggling claim as Russia seizes 92 tonnes of meat

Russia’s veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has launched an investigation into meat smuggling after it seized 92 tonnes (t) of meat and seafood in the Novosibirsk region.

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Reducing meat consumption poses ‘significant’ health risk

Calls to cut meat consumption to reduce the risk of developing cancer raise serious health concerns and consumers heeding such advice could end up suffering from nutritional deficiencies. 

Veterinary support granted by USDA

$4.3m has been offered to 48 US veterinarians to help subsidise their training in return for serving in areas lacking sufficient vet resources, thus supporting food safety, food security, and...

Methane explosion kills man at Siberian poultry farm

One man died, one is still in a hospital resuscitation unit and four others have been injured after a methane explosion at the sewage pumping station of a Siberian poultry...

Logo of Danish government-backed pork welfare label revealed

The logo of the long-awaited pork welfare labelling scheme rolled out by the Danish Agriculture and Food Council was unveiled at the Herning Congress in Denmark.

EFSA: Caution essential when cooking burgers and mince

A precautionary approach should be used when cooking beef burgers or minced beef, European Union (EU) experts have suggested at a meeting hosted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

UK government loses first Brexit battle

The UK’s High Court has ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the process for leaving the European Union (EU) – without...

Legal battle over Thai poultry migrant abuse begins

A lawsuit hearing over the alleged forced labour of 14 Myanmar chicken factory workers has started in Thailand’s Saraburi province.

Political action needed to halt ‘explosive’ rise in antibiotics

Intervention from senior politicians is needed to address the “ridiculous” increase in antibiotic use in countries like Spain, according to the Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC).

IBM and Walmart use blockchain technology to track China’s pork

US technology and retail giants IBM and Walmart, alongside Beijing’s Tsinghua University, will put Chinese pork on a blockchain in a move to bolster food safety and traceability.