Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

UK Prime Minister Theresa May hailed the golden era of Chinese relations. Image courtesy of Arno Mikkor

China to end decades-old UK beef ban in six months

By Oscar Rousseau

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s bilateral meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping has secured a major breakthrough for the meat industry: China will drop its British beef export ban within six months.

The UK aims to find markets for all parts of the carcase to sustain supply lines

UK zeros in on meat export targets

By Rod Addy

UK meat suppliers are closing on export deals with South Korea and Taiwan and building trade with the US, Japan and Mauritius after announcing a £34m agreement with the Philippines, according to levy body the Agriculture & Horticulture Development...

BfR: 'Insects as a source of food is arousing more and more public interest, so it is important to clarify how safe these foods are.' ©iStock

Young urban males keenest to experiment

Germans give insect food a definite ‘maybe’

By Ursula Arens

More safety data is needed for insects as a food and feed source a symposium organised by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has heard, with Germans more likely to accept them as a feed rather than food source. 

USDA: South African consumers now have access to high-quality US beef

US beef arrives in South Africa

By Oscar Rousseau

The first shipment of US beef has arrived in South Africa, after an “intense” and long-running trade dispute between both nations was resolved in January.

The French Ministry of Agriculture has said the case of BSE poses no risk to consumers

BSE-infected cow dies in France

By Oscar Rousseau

A cow with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has died in France, making it the third detected case of the fatal virus in Europe since 2015, according to the French government.

Dutch beef deal could pave the way for more US-EU beef trade

US ends Dutch beef trade ban

By Oscar Rousseau

America has ended a near two-decade embargo on beef imports from the Netherlands after the risk of mad cow disease was rendered “negligible” by US health officials. 

The decision to reopen these markets is important for the interest of Brazilian meat exporters

South Africa opens doors to Brazilian meat

By Georgi Gyton

The Brazilian government has received confirmation from the South African health authorities that it is to reopen the market for exports of boneless beef.

Ukraine producers's greatest hope for exports currently lies in Europe

Ukraine eyes an increase in meat exports in 2015

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

In 2015 Ukraine aims to increase meat exports by 19.3% and reduce imports by 16% year-on-year, according to a forecast from the country’s Economic Development Ministry.

The ABP deal is said to be worth more than €4 million.

ABP secures Japanese beef deal

By Georgi Gyton

Irish meat giant ABP Food Group has secured what it claims is the first beef deal with Japan for an Irish producer since 2000. 

The new BJP-led government has so far indicated no change in policy on exports

India’s boneless buffalo meat exports flourish

By Poorna Rodrigo

India’s boneless buffalo meat exports continue to soar, while the new BJP-led government, whose Hindu nationalist leaders have signalled opposition to India’s beef industry in the past, have yet to indicate plans to restrict the sub-sector.

US drops ban on EU beef

Rule on EU beef exports to US now in force

By Georgi Gyton

EU beef can now be exported to the US, after the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) rule announcement last November came into force this month.

US brings legislation in line with international BSE standards

US BSE decision welcomed by EU

By Joseph James Whitworth

The European Commission has welcomed a move from the US to bring legislation in line with international standards for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

US expresses concern over trade barriers

US expresses concern over trade barriers

By Carina Perkins

Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) trade barriers imposed by emerging economies such as China and Russia are posing a serious impediment to US livestock and meat exports, according to a report by the Office of the US Trade Representative.

Mechanically separated meat: EFRA publishes scientific opinion

EFSA gives opinion on MSM health risks

By Carina Perkins

Mechanically separated meat (MSM) from poultry and swine carries similar risks to non-mechanically separated meat unless produced using high-pressure production techniques, according to a scientific opinion published by the European Food Safety Authority...

BSE breaches reported by the FSA

FSA reveals BSE breaches but stresses low risk

By Joe Whitworth

A series of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) breaches has been announced by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA), who described the risk to human health as “very low”.

OIE upholds ‘negligible risk’ status for Brazil over BSE

OIE upholds ‘negligible risk’ status for Brazil over BSE

By Nicholas Robinson

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases has confirmed that it will not withdraw Brazil's “negligible risk” status for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Russia lifts ban on British meat

Russia lifts ban on British meat

By Carina Perkins

Russia has lifted its 16-year ban on British beef and lamb, with exports expected to commence within months.

Russia adds to EU meat import restrictions

Russia adds to EU meat import restrictions

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia has imposed additional restrictions on meat imports from the EU, citing the “unstable” epizootic situation on the Continent.

BSE case could boost US beef exports to Russia

BSE case could boost US beef exports to Russia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The re-emergence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the US could lead to a short-term increase in US beef exports to Russia, Russian analysts have said.

Efforts to contain impact of US mad cow disease

Efforts to contain impact of US mad cow disease

By Michael Kosmides

The United States government has told GlobalMeatNews that there should be no reason why countries should ban its beef imports following the discovery of its first bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) case in six years, in California.

UK-South Africa trade to resume

UK-South Africa trade to resume

By Melodie Michel

UK red meat exporters are in talks with South African companies to resume trade between the two countries after a 15-year ban was lifted in May 2011.


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