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Online forum explores packaging advances for meat safety

Suppliers seeking an edge in the fight to kill germs and boost shelf-life through packaging innovations can access a free online forum held on 23 March, featuring EU and US...

Five Irish food businesses ordered to close

A Kebab shop and an Indian takeaway were among five food businesses “acting carelessly” and putting consumers at “risk”  hit with closure orders by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland...

Hormel supplier suspended as video depicting ‘pure hell’ surfaces

Pork giant Hormel Foods has stopped taking pigs from its Oklahoma-based supplier after an undercover video showed farmers ripping the testicles off piglets in flagrant abuse of welfare standards.

EU lifts Ukraine poultry ban as disease fear eases

The European Commission has lifted a trade ban on Ukrainian poultry exports, imposed in December 2016 following a regionalisation move for highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Polish meat processor invests €27 million and eyes foreign expansion

To expand and modernise its output capacity, Polish meat processor Sokolów SA completed investments worth close to PLN120m (€27m) in 2016, with plans afoot for more investment this year. ...

CCTV in French abattoirs ‘won’t halt malpractice’

Putting video cameras in France’s 960 slaughterhouses will not stop malpractice, industry groups have argued, following a proposed law mandating video surveillance in slaughterhouses.

$700,000 of cocaine found in Jamaican beef patties

A Jamaican woman faces drug charges after US authorities busted an attempt to smuggle $700,000 worth of cocaine into New York concealed in a box of Jamaican beef patties.

Belgium horsemeat call after drug found in Brazilian imports

A discovery of Brazilian horsemeat laced with naproxen in Belgium has sparked calls for tough controls over EU imports of horsemeat.

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Trump to pick Perdue for Ag Secretary

Donald Trump is set to nominate former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as secretary of the US Department of Agriculture as the President-elect’s inauguration looms closer.

French Assembly votes for compulsory CCTV in abattoirs

The French Assembly has voted for the compulsory installation of CCTV in slaughterhouses. 

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Hong Kong adds to avian flu blocked list

Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has banned the imports of poultry meat and products from Egypt, the Odessa and Chernivtsi Oblasts...

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. 

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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.