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India’s domestic meat and poultry sector criticised

28-Feb-2013 - India’s domestic meat and poultry industry is struggling to break free from being a traditional backyard trade, even if its exporters are improving standards, a Meat and Poultry Summit organised by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in New Delhi has been told.

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Horse DNA found at Polish meat storage units

28-Feb-2013 - Polish authorities have reportedly found traces of horse DNA in three meat storage facilities.

US groups call for action on livestock antibiotics

28-Feb-2013 - A coalition of US health, food and environmental groups has written to US senators calling for urgent action to improve reporting of antibiotic use in livestock.

Maple Leaf reports profit jump

28-Feb-2013 - Canadian processor Maple Leaf Foods has reported a big jump in profits in the fourth quarter of 2012, driven by strong earnings growth in the company’s prepared meats and fresh poultry businesses.

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Russia ready to lift US turkey ban

28-Feb-2013 - Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor is considering lifting its ban on US turkey meat imports, officials have confirmed.

Russian-US ractopamine dispute could widen access for Brazil

27-Feb-2013 - Russia’s dispute with the US over ractopamine might give a boost to Brazilian exporters, Russian officials have said.

US livestock bodies intervene in horse slaughter lawsuit

27-Feb-2013 - The Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF) has joined a campaign by several other US organisations to combat the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) plans to block the slaughter of unwanted and unusable horses at a New Mexico slaughtering facility.

Horsemeat scandal 'unforgivable', says Nestlé boss

27-Feb-2013 - The entire food industry has been affected by the horsemeat scandal, according to the boss of Nestlé Paul Bulcke.

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Poultry firm reports increased mortality at Mexican plant

27-Feb-2013 - The poultry processor Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation revealed it has identified an increased mortality rate in one of its breeder flocks

Horsemeat scandal: Russia considers EU meat ban

26-Feb-2013 - Russia may impose temporary restrictions on meat imports from the European Union (EU) because of the horsemeat scandal, the country’s chief medical officer has claimed.

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Nestlé drops Spanish supplier over horsemeat affair

26-Feb-2013 - In the latest twist in the European horsemeat scandal, Nestlé Spain has dropped contracts with one of its Spanish suppliers after horse DNA was found in a batch of meat labelled as beef.

Australian Greens push government over animal welfare

26-Feb-2013 - Australia’s Green party has called on the ruling Labor government to “put their money where their mouth is” and make good on promises to establish an independent office of animal welfare.

Smithfield moves to supply ractopamine-free pork

26-Feb-2013 - US company Smithfield Foods has announced its readiness to meet the rising demand for ractopamine-free pork, following China and Russia announcing their need for such products.

Irish farmers call for stricter controls on meat imports

25-Feb-2013 - Following last week’s announcement of a mandatory DNA testing programme for meat processors in the Republic of Ireland (RoI), farmers are seeking further measures to protect the quality and reputation of Irish meat.

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OIE puts US at ‘negligible risk’ for BSE

25-Feb-2013 - The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has recommended that the US’ BSE status is upgraded to “negligible risk”, the lowest risk level under the OIE Code.

Atria records positive sales

25-Feb-2013 - Fourth-quarter sales for the Finland-based food group Atria showed a €21.9m year-on-year sales growth, with sales for the quarter totalling €360.6m.

China boosts Australian beef and lamb exports

25-Feb-2013 - Australia has seen a jump in beef and lamb exports so far this year, driven partly by expansion into China, market analysts have revealed.

Warnings over EU agriculture cuts

22-Feb-2013 - Members of the European Parliament agriculture committee have raised concerns over cuts made to the European Union (EU)’s rural development fund in the recent EU 2014-20 spending deal – warning it may especially hit farmers rearing livestock of sheep and goats in poor regions.

US outrage over farmer data leak

22-Feb-2013 - Worry has been struck up amongst US pig, cattle and poultry farmers as a result of the actions carried out by an environment protection agency, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has said.

NI to introduce food chain reporting mechanism

22-Feb-2013 - Northern Ireland’s agricultural department is considering adoption of a ‘horizon-scanning’ system as a pro-active defence measure against food chain crises such as the horsemeat scandal.

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Brussels loses patience over sow stall failures

22-Feb-2013 - The failure of nine European Union (EU) member states to properly protect the welfare pregnant sows - breaking an EU law agreed 12 years ago - has caused the European Commission to threaten legal action over the issue.

Russian consumer rights body lays down challenge over meat quality control

21-Feb-2013 - The powers held by Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor over the quality control of meat in Russia are being challenged. Gennady Onishchenko, chief sanitary inspector at Rospotrebnadzor (Federal Service on Surveillance for Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing), is proposing to make his organisation the only one to carry out veterinary controls in the country.

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Irish farmers welcome livestock rule change

21-Feb-2013 - Plans to relax the six-day standstill rule, which governs livestock, have been welcomed by the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Russians hit back at EU complaint to WTO

21-Feb-2013 - EU veterinary services should have better control over the quality of meat products, rather than submitting complaints on their trading partners, according to the heads of the Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor.

Welfare body expresses horsemeat concerns

21-Feb-2013 - Concern about horsemeat found in processed "beef" food products across Europe has been raised by a Europe-wide animal welfare organisation.

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