South African researchers have warned about the risk of another outbreak after a study found Listeria in the beef sector.

The study was conducted by scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) in 2019 and 2020 into the prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes in beef and beef products at abattoirs and retailers in the Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West provinces.

It showed that 4.6 percent of chilled carcasses sampled at seven abattoirs in Gauteng were positive for Listeria. This means that contaminated items could enter the food chain as beef products sold at retail outlets in the province. 

The study, funded by Red Meat

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Six men and a related company have been fined for animal welfare offenses in England.

In July 2022, the Crown Prosecution Service authorized charges, and at Crewe Magistrates’ Court earlier this month, all defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced.

The men, who worked at a slaughterhouse in Chester, were sentenced for offenses including causing avoidable pain, distress or suffering to animals.

G and GB Hewitt operates at The Abattoir, Huxley in Chester where cattle and sheep are slaughtered. It was fined £19,500 ($24,600) and £500 ($631) in costs. Changes have since been made at the site, so it is now

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Results of a study suggest that Salmonella prevalence in pigs at slaughter in the United Kingdom did not change much from 2013 to 2019.

Findings are from an abattoir-based survey that sampled cecal contents pigs in nine British pig abattoirs during 2019. The cecum is at the start of the large intestine.

Salmonella was isolated from 112 of 348 samples collected at slaughter from animals at 286 farms; a prevalence of 32.2 percent. Most pigs came from farms in England with some from Scotland and Wales, according to the study published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection.

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French authorities have partially lifted suspension on a veal abattoir after an investigation into an undercover video from an animal welfare charity.

Sobeval, part of the Van Drie group, had slaughtering activities halted on Feb. 28 by officials in the Dordogne region of France after an inspection report by the Directorate General for Food (DGAL).

The site is approved for slaughtering calves in a traditional or ritual way such as Kosher and Halal. Findings highlighted a lack of control over the conditions for slaughtering animals by employees and a shortage of training and awareness.

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A European Commission audit of Polish meat controls after an abattoir was filmed slaughtering sick cows has found the system was “ineffective” as a deterrent.

The audit in Poland from Feb. 4 to 8, 2019 took place in the context of a “crisis situation”, according to DG Sante, the unit responsible for the EC’s policies on health and food safety.

It covered visits to the slaughterhouse allegedly implicated and responsible district veterinary office, another slaughterhouse and one supplying dealer, and an independent cutting plant involved in the recall.

Polish broadcaster TVN’s covert footage showed animal welfare non-compliances at slaughter and
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A report about contaminated meat in the United Kingdom by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a London-based nonprofit that says it exists to “expose wrongs and spark change” lacks accuracy, according to the the UK’s Food Standards Agency.

406x250_fsa315“Recent media reports of contaminated meat do not give the complete picture on the condition of meat entering the food chain, or on the work done by the FSA to ensure that the meat we eat is safe,” according to the agency’s response to the Feb. 20 report.

Based on their analysis of government audits of more than 300 abattoirs, or slaughterhouses,
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