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Park attends tasting event to boost chicken, duck sales after AI outbreak

SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye ate chicken and duck before cameras Monday in a tasting event aimed at boosting slumping sales of poultry following last month's outbreak of avian influenza. Sales of chicken and duck meat fell sharply in South Korea after last month's AI outbreak, the first since 2011. According to data from the discount store chain Hanaro Mart, which specializes in agricultural, livestock and fisheries products, sales of chicken dropped by as much as 64 percent and duck by as much as 80 percent.

California meat plant linked to school lunch program and shut by federal officials reopens

HANFORD, Calif. - A Northern California meat processing plant that was shuttered by federal inspectors Monday because of unsanitary conditions has reopened. Officials at Central Valley Meat Co., a supplier for the National School Lunch Program, said in a statement Wednesday that they took immediate action to fix the cleanliness problems. Neither the company nor federal officials discussed the problems in detail.

S. Korea places ban on pork imports from Poland

SEJONG, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea placed an import ban Thursday on pork from Poland after the Eastern European country reported discovery of African swine virus. The ban, effective immediately, affects all pork products, including processed ham, from Poland, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The move is only aimed at preventing an inflow of the animal disease into the country, the ministry said, adding the disease does not affect humans.

S. Korea places ban on pork imports from Poland

SEJONG, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea placed an import ban Thursday on pork from Poland after the Eastern European country reported discovery of African swine virus. The ban, effective immediately, affects all pork products, including processed ham, from Poland, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The move is only aimed at preventing an inflow of the animal disease into the country, the ministry said, adding the disease does not affect humans.

California company recalls 8.7 million pounds of meat products that weren't fully inspected

PETALUMA, Calif. - A Northern California company is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products because it processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection, federal officials said Saturday. That's just over a year's worth of meat products processed by Rancho Feeding Corp., which has been under scrutiny by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. The agency said that without full inspection, the recalled products are unfit for human consumption.

Canada gets a cold, hard lesson in U.S. politics with meat-labelling setback

WASHINGTON - Canada got a painful lesson in American politics Friday as one of its major economic priorities was neglected on the messy floor of the legislative sausage-factory that is the U.S. Congress. Hopes that a long-awaited farm bill might address a multibillion-dollar hit to Canadian livestock producers were officially extinguished, as President Barack Obama attended a ceremony in Michigan where he signed it into law. "That's the way you should expect Washington to work," Obama said, crediting both parties for putting aside their rancour to deliver a sweeping bill.

NZ lamb goes to pot in China, giving fast-food chains plenty to chew over

By Naomi Tajitsu and Colin Packham WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - At a sprawling plant run by New Zealand's biggest meat processor, rows of lamb carcasses hang from meathooks on their way to a cutting room to be chopped, trimmed and shipped out in increasing quantities to China.

Well before Pacific quest, castaway drank turtle blood

Well before his incredible tale of survival in a 13-month Pacific odyssey, Jose Salvador Alvarenga consumed raw fish and turtle blood in his Mexican fishing village -- the very things that saved him at sea. Fellow fishermen in Chocohuital, a village nestled on a lagoon in the southern state of Chiapas, remember Alvarenga as a good man with a quirky diet that they say gives credence to his amazing story. The burly man they knew as "La Chancha," the Spanish word for a sow, would gobble up anything, including dog food.

Dutch find horse in 690 tonnes of abattoir meat

The Dutch health watchdog said Wednesday it had halted distribution of 690 tonnes of meat from an abattoir after a probe found traces of horse in products marked as beef. "During a criminal investigation... horse DNA was discovered in four samples of beef from the wholesaler," the food safety authority NVWA said in statement. The investigation also found that the abattoir and wholesaler situated in the central town of Dodewaard "bought more horses than its book indicated were slaughtered."

Dutch block shipments from slaughterhouse after detecting horse meat in beef products

AMSTERDAM - The Dutch Foods and Wares Authority says it has "preventatively" blocked all shipments from a Dutch slaughterhouse after investigators found horse meat in four shipments labeled as beef products. The agency did not identify the slaughterhouse, other than saying it was in the eastern province of Gelderland. It also said it could not tell from the slaughterhouse's records where the products containing horse meat may have been shipped.
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