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What is Environmental Impact of Eating Beef?
Policy decisions designed to reduce animal-based food consumption stand to significantly reduce the environmental cost of food production....
New Protocol for Atypical BSE Investigations
The European Food Safety Authority, EFSA, has developed a laboratory protocol on how to conduct new studies for investigating the presence of the agent of Atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in tissues of infected cattle....
Dairy Herd Restocking Brings More Meat
EU meat production is seen recovering after two years of tight supplies for beef and pig meat, according to the European Commission’s Short Term Outlook for agricultural products for 2014 and 2015....
Questions and Answers on Hormones in Meat and Milk
Germany's Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) answers some frequently asked questions on the possibility of human health risks from hormones in meat and milk. ...
New Food Waste Framework Calls for Fundamental Rethink of Food Practices
To solve the problem of food waste how food is produced and consumed needs to be radically rethought, researchers argue in a recent study....
New Zealand Lamb Prices Expected to Rise
Constrained supply, growing Asian demand and a pick-up in European demand are expected to lift prices, according to the latest Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries Report....
New Zealand Beef Sector to Benefit from US Australian Drought
Recent droughts in the US and Australia and growing Asian demand are expected to lift prices for New Zealand beef, according to the latest Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries Report....
Good Manufacturing Practices Will Prevent Meat Species Contamination
Food authenticity failures and food fraud can be driven by pressures on food production and the current climate of financial constraint...
Use of Antibiotics Declining in the European Union
Total antibiotic use in the EU is shown to be falling but much work still needed to inform the general public on their use, according to the Eurosurveillance editorial team in a 'Special Eurobarometer' report of a survey of consumers across the region....
Dressing Procedures In Slaughterhouses Limit Pig Carcase Contamination
There was a consistently lower prevalence of bacteria (Salmonella and Yersinia) found on the pig carcase than carriage of the same microorganisms in the animal. ...
Can Meat be Transported at Higher Temperatures than in Regulations?
Meat can be transported at temperatures higher than the current maximum of 7°C without causing additional bacterial growth, provided that specific maximum transport times are applied and bacterial growth is controlled by efficient chilling....
Australian Pig Meat: Outlook to 2018-19
Pig prices in Australia are forecast to fall in 2014–15, reflecting higher supply as imports rise, according to Clay Mifsud in the 'Agricultural Commodities' report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)...
USDA’s Poultry Inspection Proposal: Separating Myth vs. Fact
The US Department of Agriculture has been exploring the modernisation of its poultry inspection system for two decades — a system that was originally developed in the 1950s and now the system is due to be revised under the USDA’s Proposed Modernization...
Demand for More Details on Food Labels
Labels are becoming the “go to” place when people have questions about how food is produced....
Inefficiencies Hamper Potential to Improve Scottish Sheep Meat Supply Chain
The Scottish sheep meat industry is being hampered by what is known as an ‘adversarial trading model’, where each part of the supply chain is interested in achieving the best outcome for itself....
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