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Assurance a 'positive' step for meat producers

A report into the benefits of assurance for the UK meat and livestock sector suggests that there is a need to increase the momentum of assurance as a means of...

Australian consumer turns back on GM ingredients

The tide is turning down under with a new poll showing Australians are increasingly worried about genetically modified foods and the risk they could pose to human health and the...

Scotland and Wales veto GM go-ahead

The UK government has been forced to postpone plans to give the green light for a GM crop after the devolved assembly of Wales and the Scottish Parliament refused to...

Europe establishes animal disease centre

The European Parliament has voted to create a European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), following growing concern over animal disease epidemics. "Outbreaks like SARS in 2003 and bird...

EC vows to protect poultry industry

David Byrne, the European Commissioner for health and consumer protection, has outlined the measures that have been taken to protect Europe's poultry industry. Speaking at the European Parliament yesterday, he...

Oats in the safety zone

Consumers in the UK can eat their porridge safe in the knowledge that their oat products are free from harmful toxins - mycotoxins - after an extensive survey in the...

Danish pork industry on the rise

Beneficial knock-on effects of the Avian Influenza and BSE crises could soon be felt within Denmark's pork industry, according to some industry experts. Denmark's Bacon and Meat Council believes that...

EFSA defines its objectives

The newly-established European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is not about to 'abandon Brussels,' according to executive director Geoffrey Podger, and transparency and independence will be the defining characteristics of the...

EU pushes for action on biodiversity measures

The European Commission is seeking agreement on concrete measures to halt the decline in global biodiversity at an international conference which opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this week.

High GI raises cancer risk?

A diet with a high glycaemic load could increase the risk of colorectal cancer, find US scientists following recent research on nearly 40,000 middle-aged women. Findings are set to further...

Additive labelling, how far should the industry go?

The debate on the labelling of additives on food products shifts up a gear in the UK with the Consumers' Association criticising the government and the country's food watchdog for...

FSAI issues closure orders

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has expressed disappointment that three closure orders have already been served by environmental health officers (EHOs) due to breaches of food safety legislation...

Food additive petition withdrawn

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the withdrawal - 'without prejudice to a future filing?- of a food additive petition on polyester-polyurethane resin-acid dianhydride adhesive.

Food safety on the EU menu

European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin has announced a €43 million investment plan designed to improve the efficiency of the food supply chain. Speaking at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, he...

Belgium rejects GM oilseed rape

The possible cultivation of GM crops within the European Union suffered a setback this week after the Belgian government decided to reject an application to grow GM oilseed rape. Officials...

Salmonella risk in pork production

It is common for pigs to wait in holding pens for at least 2 hours after transport before slaughter to improve meat quality. Loading, unloading, and travel stress can lead...

Fighting terrorism on the food front

Safeguarding America's food supply against possible terrorist threats will eat into a considerable chunk of the USDA's budget next year. The country is also planning to stockpile animal vaccines, following...

No consensus on GMOs

Demonstrating the clear divisions that exist between member states and the European Commission over genetically modified foodstuffs, in the same week that Belgian ministers threw out an application for an...

Thai poultry ban prolonged

The European Union confirmed yesterday a six-month ban on Thai poultry imports because of the bird flu outbreak rampaging across Asia. Fresh and frozen Thai poultry products will remain barred...

EU eases testing on Brazilian poultry

The EU has agreed to ease strict testing requirements of poultry meat and products from Brazil for traces of the banned antibiotic nitrofuran. At present, EU Member States are obliged...

WHO calls for co-operation to combat bird 'flu epidemic

The World Health Organisation (WHO) held talks yesterday with drugs firms and international laboratories on developing a vaccine to fight the bird 'flu virus that is ravaging parts of East...

Europe confident of GM regulation

The European Commission held an orientation debate on GM crops yesterday, hours after proposing to authorise a GM sweet corn BT11 for food use. From the Commission's point of view,...

Concern over public perceptions of bird 'flu

Following the Avian 'flu crisis in Asia, a major UK food retailer is already promising its customers that all its chicken products can be fully traced. Are European consumers getting...

GM legal battle overshadows EC proposal

The European Commission today backed a proposal to allow imports of Bt-11, a genetically modified (GM) maize type. This represents the first step towards lifting the EU's five-year unofficial ban...

UK supermarkets to stay GM-free

Consumer indifference - not to say hostility - towards genetically-modified products in the UK means that British supermarkets are likely to stay firmly GM-free in 2004, according to an annual...

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