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EFSA publishes meat inspection analysis

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has completed its analysis of the health risks posed by meat, which will form the basis for the modernisation of meat inspection across the...

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Two European retailers commit to 100% UK lamb

Two European retail chains have committed to sourcing all of their lamb from the UK, levy body Eblex has revealed.

UK red meat body asks government for help with Russia

UK beef and lamb levy body Eblex has called on the government for its “urgent” assistance in resolving market access issues in Russia.

EU study shows low risk of listeria in cooked meats

An EU-wide survey on listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods has found that cooked meat products carry a relatively low risk of contamination, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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UK watchdog rejects anti-meat advert

UK authorities have banned an advert from an animal welfare organisation which claimed that eating meat has the same consequences for health as smoking.

Rise in biofuel production puts pressure on food

World biofuel production has increased five times in less than a decade to more than 100bn litres/year, putting massive strain on food sustainability.

Belarusian beef displaces South American supply to Russia

The active growth of beef exports from Belarus to Russia could lead to the complete displacement of South American beef on the local market, Russian experts have claimed.

Welsh red meat takes on Russia

Welsh red meat companies will be pitching products to Russia this week as they arrive in Moscow for export order deals.

Sweden claims livestock growth promoter ban is working

Swedish food authorities have claimed that testing has proven meat producers are abiding by the country’s ban on growth promoters in livestock production.

EU bodies reach deal on producer organisations under CAP

Representatives of the European Parliament, the European Union (EU) governments and of the European Commission reached a deal today on how producer organisations can represent beef and veal producers under...

Danger for Russian pork industry as African Swine Fever spreads

African Swine Fever (ASF) is posing a real danger to Russia’s pork industry as it continues to spread throughout the country, according to representatives of the Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor....

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Grocery price inflation slows

The rate in which grocery prices are rising has slowed, according to the latest Irish supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks ending 9 June.

Global demand for halal meat on the rise

The global halal meat market has reached $300bn in volume sales, according to the Halal Research Council (HRC).

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African Swine Fever confirmed in Belarus

Veterinary authorities in Belarus have confirmed there has been an outbreak of African Swine Fever in the country’s Grodno region.

Ukraine reopens market to Brazilian pork

Ukraine has lifted a temporary ban on pork imports from Brazil, according to Brazilian authorities.

China and EU discuss brucellosis challenge

European and Chinese health officials gathered in Shandong last week to discuss how China can tackle the spread of brucellosis in livestock.

Exclusive interview: OIE head Bernard Vallat on global animal disease control speaks to Bernard Vallat, director general of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about challenges and victories in global animal disease control and food safety.

CAP: meat production subsidies under negotiation

Representatives of the European Union (EU) institutions are working towards a final deal next week on how much of the EU agriculture subsidies should go towards maintaining meat and livestock...

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Bank backs smallholder livestock in Zambia

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved a multi-million-dollar fund to finance the development of smallholder livestock production in Zambia.

US anger over failure to pass five-year farm bill

US farmers have reacted with shock and disappointment to the House of Representative’s decision not to pass a five-year farm bill.

EU food industry could face broader charging on inspections

Proposed changes to EU legislation covering the food chain could see food processors front costs for official inspections, such as those faced by the meat industry.

FVO director on new EU food inspection proposals spoke to director of the Food and Veterinary Office at the European Commission, Michael Scannell, about the proposed changes to EU food controls, which could see all food businesses...

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Brussels opposes Greek import levy

The European Commission has told Greece to scrap a meat import levy system that diverts charges to a fund subsidising Greek farmers.

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Bird flu hits Arkansas farm

US animal health authorities have confirmed that low pathogenic avian influenza virus has been confirmed among chickens on a farm in Arkansas.

Smithfield sale raises concerns over US food security

Members of the US Senate Agriculture Committee have called on the government to include food supply and safety experts in the review of the sale of pork processor Smithfield to...

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