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Russian poultry production increases rapidly in 2012

Russian poultry production increases rapidly in 2012

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The volume of poultry meat produced in Russia in January-February 2012 exceeded 500,000 tonnes (t) in carcase weight, according to data released by the Russian Federal Statistic Service.

France considers new beef strategy

France considers new beef strategy

By Melodie Michel

French agriculture government body FranceAgriMer is working on a new strategy for the country’s beef sector and slaughter industry, aiming to improve economic performances.

Antibiotic residue in EU meat stabilises

Antibiotic residue in EU meat stabilises

By Melodie Michel

The percentage of animal by-products not complying with EU standards on antibiotic residues has been stable for the past three years, reaching 0.33% in 2010, the European Commission has revealed.

Egyptian FMD outbreak requires “urgent action”, says FAO

Egyptian FMD outbreak requires “urgent action”, says FAO

By Melodie Michel

An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Egypt, which has killed an estimated 4,658 animals, with a further 40,222 suspected cases, is threatening food security in North Africa and the Middle East, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation...

South Africa to impose pork import restrictions

South Africa to impose pork import restrictions

By Arabella Mileham

South Africa is set to impose restrictions on pork imports on the grounds of health interests, in a move that may affect all countries which export pork to the market.

Brits call for stall ban compliance

Brits call for stall ban compliance

By Arabella Mileham

The British pig industry is calling on the European Commission to take action against member countries who fail to comply with partial stall ban legislation.

Halal controversy spreads to Quebec

Halal controversy spreads to Quebec

By Melodie Michel

Canadian Parti Québécois (PQ) deputy André Simard has asked the province’s assembly to give a public report on ritual slaughter by 23 March, arguing that halal meat is being sold without consumers’ knowledge.

EU signals potential WTO action against SBV-related import bans

EU signals potential WTO action against SBV-related import bans

By Keith Nuthall

The European Union (EU) has signalled it is prepared to launch World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute actions should non-EU governments impose import bans on European meat and livestock over Schmallenberg virus (SBV) outbreaks.

UK industry hits back at high mortality study

UK industry hits back at high mortality study

By Melodie Michel

UK meat professionals have criticised an American study linking consumption of red meat with increased mortality, saying it “should not be used to determine cause and effect”.

EU encourages US efforts to end beef war

EU encourages US efforts to end beef war

By Melodie Michel

The European Parliament has voted for the increase of the duty-free quotas for hormone-free US beef, after the American Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposed to lift import restrictions on EU beef.

Irish farmers criticise animal welfare bill

Irish farmers criticise animal welfare bill

By Melodie Michel

Ireland’s new animal health and welfare bill must not be an obstacle to the farming sector’s competitiveness, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has said.

EU non-stun derogation system criticised

EU non-stun derogation system criticised

By Ed Bedington

A relaxed attitude to ritual slaughter in some EU member states has led to systematic slaughtering without stunning, regardless of consumer need, according to EU welfare experts.

Campylobacter cases on the rise in Europe

Campylobacter cases on the rise in Europe

By Melodie Michel

Campylobacter infections in the EU increased for the fifth year in a row in 2010, making a 7% jump to 212,064 cases, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reported.

Marketing NZ lamb in the UK

Focus on New Zealand

Marketing NZ lamb in the UK

By Carina Perkins

In a demanding UK market, flexibility and adapting product to meet changing consumer needs have been key for New Zealand lamb.

Changing landscape for New Zealand exports

Focus on New Zealand

Changing landscape for New Zealand exports

By Carina Perkins

The EU is still New Zealand’s most important export market for chilled lamb, but the balance is shifting as the country opens up new avenues.

French industry responds on halal controversy

French industry responds on halal controversy

By Melodie Michel

The French cattle and meat industry association INTERBEV has released a statement to put an end to the political row started by far-right candidate Marine Le Pen on halal meat.

Red meat sector vital to UK economy

Red meat sector vital to UK economy

By Carina Perkins

A new report has concluded that the English red meat sector makes a “significant” contribution to the UK’s economy.

EU extends controls on Japanese meat imports

EU extends controls on Japanese meat imports

By Keith Nuthall and MJ Deschamps

The European Union (EU) has extended until 31 October its tough controls on imports of meat from Japan imposed because of health concerns over last spring’s nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

France faces EU pig welfare investigation

France faces EU pig welfare investigation

By Melodie Michel

Animal welfare organisation Alsace Nature has filed a complaint with the European Commission against France, pointing to “regular and systematic breaching” of the EU directive on pig welfare.

Audit slates Spanish slaughterhouse conditions

Audit slates Spanish slaughterhouse conditions

By Arabella Mileham

Spanish slaughterhouses have been criticised for poor animal welfare standards, after an audit carried out by the EU’s Food and Veterinary Office found that four out of seven slaughterhouses did not meet requirements.

FAO campaigns against fraudulent farm drugs

FAO campaigns against fraudulent farm drugs

By Melodie Michel

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is campaigning for a pharmaceutical standard on Animal African Trypanosomosis drugs to be implemented in regions affected by the fatal livestock disease.

Poor profitability affects EU pig herd

Poor profitability affects EU pig herd

By Melodie Michel

High production costs and stringent sow stall legislation have discouraged many pig producers in the European Union (EU), according to a UK Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) market survey.

UK becomes net lamb exporter

UK becomes net lamb exporter

By Ed Bedington

Latest statistics have shown the UK is now a net exporter of lamb. According to the data from beef and sheep levy body Eblex, sheep meat exports from the UK climbed by 11% in 2011, reaching 98,500t.

US and EU reach organic agreement

US and EU reach organic agreement

By Melodie Michel

Products certified organic in the United States or the European Union will be able to be sold as organic on both markets from 1 June 2012.

‘Brainless chicken’ suggestion under fire

‘Brainless chicken’ suggestion under fire

By Melodie Michel

A suggestion to remove parts of chicken brains so they become unaware of their living conditions on intensive farms has come under attack from animal welfare organisations.

Genetic research to eliminate campylobacter

Genetic research to eliminate campylobacter

By Melodie Michel

The UK-based Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has launched a £1.3m research project to find the gene responsible for campylobacter resistance in chickens.

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