NFPA welcomes irradiation announcement
The National Food Processors Association (NFPA) has welcomed the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) announcement permitting the use of irradiated meat for school lunches.
Antibiotics in focus
A US survey has revealed that almost three quarters of Americans are concerned about the presence of antibiotics in meat production.
Tighter labelling called for
Ingredients and labelling hit the news again this week following revelations in the UK that chicken has been bulked up with water and hydrolysed beef and pork proteins - without the appropriate labelling.
Breakthrough in eradication of Listeria
A new tool for subtyping strains of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria that cause food-borne illness has been developed in America by USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists.
Comeback for British beef
A decision by the OIE, the world organisation for animal health, to modify BSE risk levels could lead to the UK having the same status as the rest of Europe.
EU directive could hit livestock producers
Intensive livestock producers have warned that a proposed new EU environmental directive could have a significant effect on livestock producers.
EC strengthens bird flu measures
The European Commission's Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health met last week to discuss again the avian influenza situation in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
Landmark ruling on Portuguese exports
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has this week annulled the Commission's decision to end the ban on bovine products from Portugal, following a French-led legal challenge.
vCJD risk declining?
Statistics linking death and the variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) from eating BSE infected meat may not be as startling as once believed.
Canadian BSE case hits meat market
Confirmation of a case of mad cow disease in Canada has resulted in plummeting shares within the meat processing and manufacturing industries.
UK debates Halal slaughter
New proposals governing the humane slaughter of animals in the UK could have huge implications for Jewish and Muslim communities, as well as the British meat processing industry as a whole.
EC responds to possible bird flu outbreak in Germany
Following the possible outbreak of avian influenza in Germany last week, the European Commission has decided to reinforce the control measures already put in place by German authorities.
Europe says yes to tagging
The European Commission believes that the results of the Electronic Identification of Animals (Idea) project, presented yesterday, confirm the feasibility of electronically tagging cattle, sheep and goats.
Cloned cattle meat safe, say Japanese
Japan's ministry of health has claimed that consumers will not suffer any ill effects from eating the meat of cloned cattle.
Bird virus has not mutated, claim Dutch health officials
A Dutch vet believed to have died of bird flu was not suffering from a mutated form of the virus, according to the Dutch health ministry.