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Compensation for European beef farmers

The European Commission has today authorised Austria to pay income aid worth a total of some € 8.94 million to beef farmers who have suffered...

European food industry receives aid for new quality label

The European Commission this week authorised Germany (Bavaria) to pay aid worth a total of € 3.5 million in the year 2002 for the introduction...

Codex session on milk and milk products

The Fifth Session of the Codex Committee on Milk and Milk Products will be held in Wellington, New Zealand from the 8 to 12 April...

Farm bill displeases meat packers

The US Senate voted this week to maintain a ban on meatpackers raising livestock or overseeing independent feedlots, despite warnings it could cause huge disruptions...

Oman bans Filipino food products

Fears that fish, dairy products and vegetables from the Philippines are contaminated with cholera bacteria have led the Oman government to ban a whole range...

Tax breaks to kickstart organics

Organic products should be given tax breaks throughout the European Union to help them compete with conventionally grown goods, a green lobby group proposed on...

UK tackles food hygiene

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) this week launched a national campaign to lift hygiene standards in catering businesses across the UK. The campaign, including...

Food Ingredients Nestlé recalls chicken base

The Food Ingredient Specialties business of Nestle USA, a subsidiary of European food company Nestle, voluntarily recalled 144,000 pounds of chicken base refrigerated products because...

Food labelling committee for Brazil

Brazil's government has created a committeeto revise the rules on labelling products that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in an effort to clear the...

No evidence to support Chinese bio-food ban

The United States was cited as saying on Thursday that China failed to provide scientific evidence to support Beijing's new rules onbio-engineered foods that could...

Belgian food safety chief steps down

The head of Belgium's food safety agency stepped down last week following the discovery of new cases of pig feed which had not been tested...

10th BSE case since ban imposed

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) informed the public this week that it has been notified by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD)...

Japan considers food safety agency

Lawmakers from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in Japan are considering setting up a new food safety agency in the government by combining the...

Japan scours country for false food labelling

Japan's Agriculture Ministry on Friday began checking all frozen beef stored under a government buy-back programme for false labels, following revelations Snow Brand Food Co...

EU bans poisonous strains of Star Anise

Chinese Star Anise (Illicium verum), also know as Chinese badian, is fit for human consumption and commonly used in foods, reports Reading Scientific Services. However,...

Britain reopens cattle markets

Cattle markets in the UK closed by last year's outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease will reopen next week under strict cleanliness standards, the government said on...

Food from GM canola and GM corn safe, ANZFA claims

The Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) this week released reports for public comment recommending the use of a GM canola and a GM corn...

Safety of farmers' markets scrutinised

A review of farmers' markets in Scotland has found standards of operation to be generally high with only a few small improvements needed, writes the...

New powers to protect humans from contaminated meat

A day after Italy's first human case of suspected mad cow disease, the European Parliament has demanded new EU powers to help prevent the consumption...

Ireland reports new BSE cases

Five new cases of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) were announced this week by the Department of Agriculture in Ireland bringing the number of cases to...

Global governance for health foods, Byrne explains

The European Commission wants to see greater progress in frontier technologies, particularly life sciences and biotechnology, and has set out a clear strategy to achieve...

Food businesses need to improve food handling practices

The Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) this week released a research report on food handling practices in Australian food businesses. The findings were mixed....

Bird flu hits Hong Kong, again

Hong Kong killed 67,000 chickens on Monday and shut a second poultry farm in a bid to contain the spread of a bird-flu virus in...

Report calls for GM food testing

Safety checks for GM foods should be improved, asserted the UK's leading body ofscientists, the Royal Society, this week. The body has just released a...

Europe launches the EFSA machine

The seal of approval making the European Food Authority (EFSA) a reality was given on 21 January 2002, when the Council of Ministers adopted the...

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