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September 24, 2020 - The Guardian

Animals farmed: US beef trade to restart, chicken culls and 12-storey pig farms

Animals farmed: US beef trade to restart, chicken culls and 12-storey pig farms
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The US is set to import British beef for the first time since banning it in 1996 after the BSE outbreak. In 1996, scientists linked BSE found in cattle to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. The UK government said the restarted US beef trade could be worth an estimated £66m in export opportunities for farmers over the next five years.

Taiwan is to lift its restrictions on the use of the chemical growth hormone ractopamine in imported pork, opening the door to an increase in US pork meat imports. The ban on its use in domestic animal feed in Taiwan remains. Ractopamine, which can improve growth rates, is banned by almost every country except the US. The Humane Society of the US states that it causes lameness, stiffness, trembling and shortness of breath in animals.

Outbreaks of Covid-19 continue to appear at meat plants with reports of a “significant outbreak” at an Irish plant run by Dawn Meats. Testing had been temporarily suspended at meat plants in Ireland earlier this month because of shortages. Although it would not comment on the reported outbreak, Dawn Meats told the Irish Times that it would inform authorities of any positive tests, pay workers required to self-isolate, and that all its facilities would undergo weekend deep cleaning.

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