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A recent report on the circulation of A(H1N1) subtype influenza viruses in the swine population in China with evidence of zoonotic potential has alerted the world to the pandemic risk associated with swine influenza viruses.
FAO/OIE/WHO Tripartite statement on the pandemic risk of swine influenza
15 September 2020
In documents dating to 2006, government officials predicted that a pandemic would threaten critical businesses and warned them to prepare. Meatpacking companies largely ignored them, and now nearly every one of the predictions has come true.
Meatpacking companies dismissed years of warnings but now say nobody could have prepared for Covid-19
7 September 2020
A sample of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil has tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, authorities said Thursday, the latest in a series of reports of contaminated imported food products.
Chinese officials say chicken wings imported from Brazil tested positive for Covid-19
13 August 2020
Compiled by a team of international wildlife and veterinary experts, a new study has identified seven routes by which pandemics could occur and 161 options for reducing the risk. It concludes that widespread changes to the way we interact with animals are needed; solutions that only address one issue – such as the trade in wild animals – are not enough.
Human interactions with wild and farmed animals must change dramatically to reduce risk of another deadly pandemic
29 June 2020
Commercial aquaculture is at risk "of fostering future zoonotic pandemics", according to a new report by FAIRR.
Radical rethink required for global aquaculture?
12 June 2020
More than five million animal welfare, contamination and processing problems have led to meat being deemed unsafe for humans in Scotland since 2016.
Rejected meat: five million defects found by food watchdog in Scotland since 2016
8 June 2020
Two disinfection firms in the Netherlands have been found liable for a 2017 food scandal that swept across Europe. Eggs were contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, which saw millions of chickens slaughtered.
Dutch Court finds firms liable in fipronil egg-tainting scandal
25 May 2020
Anima International worked together with Greenpeace Poland to share what’s happening in the local community of Kruszyniany, where investors planned to build factory farms for broiler chickens.
A Polish community’s struggle against industrial poultry farms
18 May 2020
Resistant bacteria in aquacultures can spread genes to non-resistant bacteria that infect humans causing diseases that are difficult to treat, researchers say.
Climate change driving up aquaculture's contribution to antimicrobial resistance
18 May 2020
Although the exact origin story of the COVID-19 outbreak is still uncertain, it is highly likely that the virus began as a zoonotic disease.
COVID-19: The latest zoonotic disease stemming from the meat industry
11 May 2020
In 2018 Member States reported 246,571 cases of campylobacteriosis. The highest occurrence was detected in chicken meat (37.5%) and turkey meat (28.2%).
Campylobacteriosis is the most commonly reported zoonotic disease in the EU
11 May 2020
“If you actually want to create global pandemics, then build factory farms.”
The meat we eat is a pandemic risk, too
23 April 2020