Meat, Fish & Eggs

UK: Parliamentary inquiry finds 2 Sisters problems “are not a one-off”

21 Nov 2017 --- British MPs have ruled that problems at the English poultry and food manufacturing group 2 Sisters – which suspended operations last month due to hygiene concerns following an undercover operation – were "not a one-off”. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee launched its inquiry into 2 Sisters and poultry standards following an expose by The Guardian and ITN which found evidence of 2 Sisters workers altering the slaughter date of poultry, raising the risk that shoppers could end up buying meat past its use-by date. 

West Africa food security: Greenpeace calls for urgent action on overfishing and illegal fishing

21 Nov 2017 --- Vessels arrested for illegally fishing in West African waters are still carrying on with business as usual, claims a Greenpeace Africa report released today on World Fisheries Day. The report, “The Cost of Ocean Destruction”, details how West African fishermen and communities continue to suffer from the consequences of overfishing and illegal fishing in this region and it provides specific recommendations for Governments on how to solve the crisis. 

WorldFish research highlights antimicrobial resistance risk in aquaculture

21 Nov 2017 --- New research from WorldFish undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-food Systems (FISH) identifies means to lessen the use of antimicrobials, such as antibiotics, antivirals, and antiprotozoals, in aquaculture. Intensification of fish farming systems has resulted in higher risks of disease outbreaks and a subsequent trend towards more antimicrobial use the report says.

WWF urges caution over increasing bluefin tuna catch levels

09 Nov 2017 --- The European Union and other fishing nations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) will discuss a potential drastic increase in the total allowable catch of East Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna at a meeting next week (14-22 November) in Morocco. 

Vion Pork introduces Robusto ham for premium market segment in Italy

10 Oct 2017 --- Vion Pork, part of Vion Food Group, is introducing a premium selected ham for the top segment of the Italian market under the brand name of Robusto. The hams, from the supply chain concept Good Farming Balance, have been developed for the leading producers of dried hams.

Food safety: Faster Salmonella test developed

06 Oct 2017 --- A new test allows for accurate, rapid testing for Salmonella, a bacteria that is one of the leading causes of food-borne illness across all regions of the world. Salmonella can infect animals as well as people, with commonly reported cases of people falling sick after handling pets and livestock. 

Sainsbury's suspends business with 2 Sisters on food safety breach scandal

02 Oct 2017 --- UK retailer Sainsbury's has joined Marks and Spencer, Lidl and Aldi in suspending taking fresh chicken from 2 Sisters plant in West Bromwich (UK) featured in an investigation by ITV News and The Guardian, which uncovered a series of potential breaches of food safety rules. 2 Sisters accounts for one-third of all chicken processed in the UK. 

Exploring Natural Antimicrobials for Meat

14 Sep 2017 ---

The tide is turning against artificial ingredients and this is a trend that the meat industry is now unable to ignore. Rosemary extracts hold strong potential here.

PerkinElmer introduces speedy fipronil detection device for eggs

05 Sep 2017 --- US biotechnology company PerkinElmer is introducing a fipronil detection device that identifies pesticide levels in eggs within minutes. As the fipronil egg scandal still rocks the food industry around Europe and elsewhere, the multinational is putting forward a solution: Qsight Triple Quad LC/MS/MS.

BRC publishes new guidance on food packaging

22 Aug 2017 --- Brand and consumer protection organization, BRC Global Standards has published the first edition of food packaging materials guidance. It’s geared towards achieving a common understanding, terminology and point of reference for good practice for businesses involved in the delivery of food and to prevent substances from packaging materials from getting into food.

Report: Recalls of UK meat at highest since 2002

09 Aug 2017 --- According to a report from Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS, recalls of chicken and other poultry meats are at their highest level since 2002. It has also been revealed that chicken has overtaken red meat as the most popular meat to be consumed in the UK. 

EU, Canada, and US battle for China’s pork market, claims Rabobank

24 Jul 2017 --- Global pork trade is facing new dynamics, driven by price developments, new trade deals, and more challenging business environments, according to RaboResearch’s latest Global Pork Quarterly. “While China’s pork imports have begun to slow down, other traditional importing countries have reported significant growth,” says Chenjun Pan, RaboResearch Senior Analyst – Animal Protein. 

Plant-based Impossible Burger expands in Northern California

24 Jul 2017 --- Umami Burger introduces the Impossible Burger to its Northern California locations in partnership with Impossible Foods on Friday, July 21, becoming the first better burger restaurant group to feature the famous plant-based burger in the Bay Area. Successfully debuting at nine of Umami Burger's Los Angeles stores in Spring 2017, the popular Impossible Burger will expand to restaurants in Soma, Marina, Oakland and Palo Alto.

Record Corruption Fine for Brazilian Meat Firm

01 Jun 2017 --- A record US$3.2 billion fine is to be paid by the Brazilian meat giant JBS over a series of corruption investigations. Private investment holding company for JBS and controlling shareholder of the world's largest meatpacker, J&F Investimentos, will pay the record fine as part of a leniency deal that has been struck.

Naturex Announce Breakthrough Microbial Solutions for Meat Products

31 May 2017 --- Naturex has developed two groundbreaking natural and taste-free antimicrobial ingredients for the prevention of spoilage in meat products.

Brazil Meat Scandal Continues to Rock Exports as Demand Takes a Hit

29 May 2017 --- The Brazilian company at the heart of a recent meat scandal, JBS, has temporarily suspended beef production at 33 out of 36 of its plants. However, production is set to resume this week, the company reports. JBS is the largest meat processor in the world and has been embroiled in a food fraud scandal since March this year causing demand for Brazilian beef to take a battering.

Irish Food Board Launch Campaign to Boost Beef Sales in Italy

10 May 2017 --- Irish Food Board, Bord Bia have launched its new trade communications strategy for Irish beef in the Italian market at Tuttofood in Milan, where many of Ireland’s top meat companies are represented in the Origin Green pavilion.

Secretary Perdue Announces Arrival of First Shipments of US Beef to Brazil

05 May 2017 --- Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced that the first shipment of fresh US beef has arrived in Brazil following a 13-year hiatus. The entrance of American beef into the Brazilian market ushers in promising long-term economic opportunity for US beef producers.   

Green Plains to Acquire Cattle Feed Yards from Cargill

27 Apr 2017 --- Green Plains has entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire two cattle-feeding operations from Cargill for $36.7 million, excluding working capital. The transaction includes feed yards located in Leoti, Kan. and Yuma, Colo. and will add capacity of 155,000 head to the company's operations. Upon completion of the acquisition, Green Plains Cattle Company will become the fourth largest cattle-feeding operation in the United States with total capacity of more than 255,000 head.

Campylobacter, Salmonella Led US Bacterial Foodborne Illnesses in 2016

24 Apr 2017 --- Campylobacter and Salmonella caused the most reported bacterial foodborne illnesses in 2016, according to preliminary data published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. CDC’s Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) report provides the most up-to-date information about foodborne illnesses in the United States.

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