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South Africa: Govt Importing Meat Considered 'significant Risk'

24 May 2013, AllAfrica via Democratic Alliance (Cape Town) -- "In a reply to a DA parliamentary question, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson has revealed that various meat products - including water buffalo, donkey and horse meat - are being imported into South Africa from Brazil and India. This is despite meat from these countries being considered as posing a 'significant risk'.

 

The reply does not disclose the names of the parties responsible for the imports, nor does it indicate why meat from India and Brazil is considered to pose a 'significant risk'.

 

It is imperative that South Africa knows the reasons why the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries considers meat from these countries potentially harmful.

 

The DA will therefore be submitting an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to determine exactly why this meat is considered hazardous, and who the responsible parties are."

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China arrests 900 in fake meat scandal

China arrests 900 in fake meat scandal | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

3 May 2013 - The Guardian.

 

Police in China have arrested 904 people for "meat-related offences" over the past three months, including a gang that made more than £1m by passing off fox, mink and rat meat as mutton, the country's public security ministry has announced.

 

Since January, authorities have seized 20,000 tonnes of illegal products and solved 382 cases of meat-related crime – primarily the sale of toxic, diseased and counterfeit meat.

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Still fuel for caffeine gums after Wrigley halts production on FDA concerns

Still fuel for caffeine gums after Wrigley halts production on FDA concerns | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

20 May 2013, Food Navigator -- "There is still a market for caffeine gums even after US Food and Drug Administration concerns prompted Wrigley to suspend production of its new Alert gum, according to private label gum maker Fertin Pharma."

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EU tables revised food safety rules on back of horsemeat scandal

EU tables revised food safety rules on back of horsemeat scandal | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

7 May 2013, EurActiv.com -- Tonio Borg, the [EU] health and consumer policy commissioner, today (6 May) announced a legislative package which aims to prevent the spread of communicable animal-based diseases and foreign pests to European crops.

 

The rules aim to ensure authorities in member states comply with the European Union food safety legislation and carry out sufficient controls. The EU executive would also require national authorities to carry out anti-fraud checks and impose strong financial penalties on food operators which committed fraud or failed to comply with the laws.

 

... In recent weeks, the EU has taken a hard line on food safety after studies showed that consumer confidence in the food industry dipped in the wake of the horsemeat scandal. Extra funding has been found in the next EU long-term budget for national food surveillance programmes, the Pesticide Action Network says.

 

The legislative package, following European Parliament and Council approval, will cut down existing food safety laws in five pieces of legislation to ease compliance with controls, inspections and tests.

 

The rules also include a prevention-based principle governing animal health in a drive to avert the mass culling of potentially-infected animals, such as in recent cases involving avian and swine flu."

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