Global campaign on food waste
Simple actions by consumers and food retailers can dramatically cut the 1.3 billion t of food lost or wasted each year and help shape a sustainable future, according to a new global campaign to cut food waste launched today by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and partners.
Reducing fear in hens
AUSTRALIA, Armidale Dr Lauren Edwards undertook her PhD, titled “The human-animal relationship in the caged laying hen”, with support from the first round Australian Poultry CRC (2003-2009) at the Animal Welfare Science Centre. Her research results suggest that the human-animal relationship is very important for the welfare of laying hens.
Mandatory GM labeling on Packaged Food
INDIA, New Delhi In January 2013, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, formally implemented the Legal metrology (Packaged Commodities) Amendment Rules, 2012 as published in the Indian Official Gazette Notification No. G.S.R. 427(E), which stipulates that every package containing food derived from products of biotechnology shall bear at the top of its principal display panel the letters “GM.”
Cattle production to decrease in 2013
USA, Stillwater Beef production in the United States is expected to decrease 4.8% in 2013, the second largest year-over-year decrease in 35 years, trailing only the 6.4% drop in 2004.
Horse meat discovered in burgers in Ireland
IRELAND, Dublin Traces of horse meat have been found in a batch of beef supermarket burgers in Ireland. The meat allegedly originated at two meat processing plants - Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
Chinese food-safety whistleblowers to profit
CHINA, Beijing A cash reward of up to $48,200 will be paid by the Chinese government to those who identify people violating Chinese food-safety laws. Food-safety whistleblowers will be paid once authorities confirm the validity of the tips.
Olymel to acquire Big Sky
CANADA, Ste Hyacinthe, Quebec. Canada's Competition Bureau cleared the way for Olymel LP to acquire Big Sky Farms. Olymel, one of Canada's largest pork processors, bid $66.58 mill. for Big Sky Farms, the country's second-largest hog producer.
Vion UK asset sale
THE NETHERLANDS, Eindhoven Netherlands food producer, Vion NV, has reached an agreement for a management buy-out of its UK pork operations, securing around 4,000 jobs, subject to Competition Authority approval in Ireland.
Declines in US beef production, consumption ahead
USA, Stillwater, Okla Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension livestock marketing specialist said, that the beef production in the United States is expected to decrease 4.8% in 2013.
Coveney briefs on Irish Presidency's priorities
IRELAND, Dublin The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD hosted a large group of EU journalists who visited Ireland at the start of its Presidency of the European Union.