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Meat, Fish and Poultry


Horse meat tests 99 per cent negativeOf the 2501 beef products ordered by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to be tested for the presence of horse DNA, 99 cent came back negative, confirmed the agency on 15 February. Positive results were found in only 29 samples, which contained undeclared horsemeat at or above the level of one per cent - however, these had already been reported to the authorities.

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AMI chief executive J Patrick Boyle warns Obama on meat inspector job cutsAccording to recent media reports, the threat of furloughing 6 000+ federal meat inspectors due to automatic budget cuts imposed under sequestration would effectively shut down the US meat and poultry industry and violate the government’s legal obligation to keep inspectors at work, claims the American Meat Institute (AMI). Last week, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack reported that, if across-the-board sequestration goes into effect on 1 March, meat inspectors would be furloughed for 15 days.

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