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EFSA investigates possible entry routes for H5N8 into Europe

Following an urgent request from the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is assessing the current situation surrounding the avian influenza outbreak in Europe.

Pork producers see success with Trichinella guidelines

The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) has agreed to draft guidelines for the control of Trichinella spp in pork, marking a major victory for the US pork industry, according...

Danish best practice highlighted at International Pig Seminar

Pig welfare, advances in genetics, and strict hygiene practices were highlighted as key to Denmark’s success by leading industry figures at the International Pig Seminar this week.

Canada looks to improve ROI for Nova Scotia beef producers

More than CA$89,000 is being invested in a project by the Nova Scotia Cattle Producers to boost animal welfare practices, improve farm safety and increase return on investment (ROI).

Swiss firm investigated in new ‘horsemeat’ scandal

A Swiss meat supplier has been accused of labelling horsemeat as beef, on top of other instances of "deception", in Europe’s latest adulteration scandal.

Random tests find MRSA in Danish and German pork in Sweden

Pork containing MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) has been detected during random checks by Sweden’s national veterinary institute (Statens veterinärmedicinska) inspectors.

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Russia’s import ban – the last thing we need?

In August 2014, Russia placed a ban on the import of all meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, milk and dairy products from the US, EU, Australia, Canada and Norway, in response...

Swedish government tests give clean bill of health to Axfood beef

Laboratory tests conducted by Sweden’s National Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket) have given the all-clear on meat recalled by food group Axfood AB on 19 November. 

US conveyor belt firm eyes UK market

US-based conveyor belt manufacturer Cambridge Engineering Solutions has announced plans to extend its sales operations to the UK in an “important step in [its] global growth plan”.

Mettler-Toledo takes Formula 1 theme to drive new products

Equipment manufacturer Mettler-Toledo showcased its new products at a trade show in France on its Formula 1-inspired stage.

Biosecurity precautions urged over bird flu threat in Europe

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have warned that avian influenza’s “rapid spread” through Europe threatens the poultry sectors...

Dawn Meats signs deal with French cooperative

Irish red meat supplier Dawn Meats and French farming cooperative Terrena have announced a deal in which the former will acquire almost half of Terrena’s beef processing division Elivia.

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CSB-System brings full traceability to beef processor

Food IT specialist CSB-System International has launched a full traceability system for leading German meat processor Vion Convenience.

Poultry welfare coming to the fore – but not for all

For grocery retailers in many markets, offering cage-free eggs and cruelty-free poultry meat has virtually become the new industry standard. The next point of public contention – namely the unpalatable...

Israel set to send supplies of meat to Russia by the year-end

Russia is negotiating with Israel on the launch of meat supplies, with the first deliveries likely to take place before the end of 2014, Russian officials have claimed. 

Northern Irish butcher’s wins European sausage award

A Northern Irish butcher’s has won top European accolades for its products at the Sausage Awards in Normandy, France.

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Poultry and meat expo to grow space and exhibitors in 2015

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has announced it will have over 486,000 net square feet of exhibit space and 1,200 exhibitors at its upcoming 2015 show.

Russia claims to have covered its meat deficit

Russia claims to have completely covered the deficit in meat – in particular pork – that appeared in the domestic market after the ban on certain food imports in August...

JBS buy sees it expand Australian presence

Processing giant JBS SA has acquired Australian ham and bacon company Primo Smallgoods Group for US$1.25 billion, through its subsidiary JBS Australia.

Welsh meat body recognises Monoprix managers

Retail staff in French stores have been rewarded for their efforts in promoting Welsh Lamb.

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US pork board approves funding for swine centre

The US’ National Pork Board has approved the funding of a national Swine Health Information Center.

Polish meat consumption to expand in 2015

Poland’s average meat consumption is forecast to increase to 71 kilograms (kg) per capita in 2014, a rise of some 3.5kg compared with a year earlier, according to figures released...

Saskatchewan to benefit from funding boost for pork development

Canadian federal and provincial governments announced a CA$150,000 funding package for the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board (SaskPork) this week.

New Zealand lamb boss urges more NZ-EU cooperation

More cooperation and less competition is needed with the EU on lamb according to the chairman of Beef + Lamb New Zealand.

Second outbreak of bird flu reported in Netherlands

A second outbreak of avian influenza has been discovered at a farm in the Netherlands, the country’s Ministry for Economic Affairs has confirmed.

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