Organisations take COOL to court
USA, Washington, DC Nine organisations representing the meat and livestock industries in the United States, Canada and Mexico filed court documents seeking a preliminary injunction against the country-of-origin labeling rule.
Food is the main source of BPA for consumers
ITALY, Parma EFSA’s scientific experts have provisionally concluded that for all population groups diet is the major source of exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) and exposure is lower than previously estimated by EFSA. BPA is a chemical compound used in food contact materials such as packaging as well as in other consumer products.
Issues concerning Smithfield deal
USA, Washington, DC House Energy and Commerce leaders from the Health and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittees sent a letter to the President and Chief Executive Office of Smithfield Foods, Inc., C. Larry Pope, on July 24th, requesting information regarding the pending acquisition of the company by Shuanghui International Holdings, Ltd., with questions spurred by the committee’s ongoing heparin contamination investigation, which dates back to 2008.
Executive Director of EFSA resigns
ITALY, Parma Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), announced on July 24th, that she is resigning to take up a new post as Director General for agricultural, agri-food and territorial policies in the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry on 1 September 2013.
Welfare commitment from Aldi
UNITED KINGDOM, Edinburgh The pig industry in Scotland and the Scottish SPCA, Scotland’s animal welfare charity, welcomed a commitment from Aldi to support the industry’s pioneering welfare label.
Karl-Otto Honikel died
GERMANY, Kulmbach Karl-Otto Honikel died on 10 July at the age of 71. He was head of the Max Rubner-Institut in Kulmbach and its predecessor institutions from 1972 to 2006.
Improving Nigeria’s domestic beef sector
NIGERIA, Abuja The Nigerian Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina in his presentation at the inaugural meeting of the Nigerian Agribusiness group gave the assurance that farmers who invest in the integrated processing of livestock such as beef can earn a return on investment of up to 45%, according to Bord Bia.
Brazil sees poultry export value rise
BRAZIL, Brasilia The value of Brazilian poultry meat exports saw an uplift in the first six months of 2013, although volumes were down, according to the latest statistics.
Salmonella control is aim of research partnership
USA, Florham Park, NJ Zoetis and The Roslin Institute have collaborated for salmonella research to see how the pathogen enters cattle and can lead to contamination of beef for human consumption.