Safety & Legislation

US crackdown on private association meat producers

US crackdown on private association meat producers

By Brenda Dionisi

A potentially precedent setting case in the US is being brought to a district court in Pennsylvania over the right to impose controls on a special kind of meat producer - a so-called “private membership association” farm business. These producers, who...

USDA to amend meat labelling regulation

USDA to amend meat labelling regulation

By Aidan Fortune

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced plans to amend labelling regulations to remove duplicate net weight and net content requirements for packages that contain certain amounts of meat or poultry...

Polish meat production comes under fire

EU audit criticises Polish beef meat production control mechanisms

By Jaroslaw Adamowski

The European Commission has released a report on the audit of Poland’s beef production control mechanisms following the country’s sick cow slaughter scandal, and the subsequent investigations of numerous member states into the beef meat’s distribution...

The World Pork Expo 2019 has been cancelled due to ASF fears

World Pork Expo cancelled due to ASF fears

By Aidan Fortune

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) in the US has taken the decision to cancel this year’s World Pork Expo, due to concerns over the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF).

Chinese authorities crack down on black market pork

Chinese authorities crack down on black market pork

By Mark Godfrey

A spate of prosecutions against black market pork processors and vendors has been unleashed in China’s ongoing battle against African swine fever, which has caused huge damage to the country’s pig sector.

The US has issued more warnings about ASF to pig producers

ASF warning repeated in the US

By Aidan Fortune

US pig producers and veterinarians have been reminded about the risks of African Swine Fever (ASF) and the impact it would have on the domestic pig population.

Brazil US talks make little progress

US inspection offer to Brazil ‘insufficient’

By Michelle Perrett

Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias has said that the US agreement to conduct further inspections on the country’s meatpacking system was an “insufficient gesture”.

Canada defends against ASF

CPC reacts to ASF prevention in Canada

By Ashley Williams

The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) has applauded the efforts made by the country’s Ministry of Agriculture to prevent African swine fever (ASF) from entering the country.

The regulation changes have been questioned by the Canadian meat industry

Canada's meat industry reacts to animal transport changes

By Ashley Williams

The Canadian Government’s Food Inspection Agency has revealed that changes to its Health of Animals Regulations for transportation would “better align” the country’s requirements with international partners despite concerns from the meat industry.

Foot-and-mouth disease vaccines have been reduced in Brazil

Brazil reduces dose of foot-and-mouth disease vaccine

By Ashley Williams

Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) has revealed that vaccines to help fight against foot-and-mouth disease are set to drop from 5ml to 2ml for bovine and buffaloes.