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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.
28-Feb-2013 - Polish authorities have reportedly found traces of horse DNA in three meat storage facilities.
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.
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.
28-Feb-2013 - Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor is considering lifting its ban on US turkey meat imports, officials have confirmed.
27-Feb-2013 - Russia’s dispute with the US over ractopamine might give a boost to Brazilian exporters, Russian officials have said.
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.
27-Feb-2013 - The entire food industry has been affected by the horsemeat scandal, according to the boss of Nestlé Paul Bulcke.
27-Feb-2013 - The poultry processor Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation revealed it has identified an increased mortality rate in one of its breeder flocks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
21-Feb-2013 - Plans to relax the six-day standstill rule, which governs livestock, have been welcomed by the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).
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.
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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