WattAgNet reports that the European Union has called for revised food labelling of meat products to include information such as the date of first freezing (many consumers do not realised that chilled meat they purchase in the supermarket has been previously frozen) and country of provenance i.e. where the animal was reared not just where it was slaughtered or where the major manufacturing was undertaken. The slaughtering of animal without stunning and the reforming of meat should also be labelled.
"Bright Dairy, one of China’s major dairy manufacturers, is to invest about US$214.5 million to build a new plant in Shanghai.The plant, which will make fresh milk, UHT milk and yoghurt, is scheduled to start operation in 2013 and will be the largest dairy plant in Asia with annual production capacity of about 600,000 tonnes."
Eliminating the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus from poultry in the six countries where it remains endemic will take ten or more years, according to a new FAO report.
The report makes specific recommendations for each country regarding measures that should be taken over the next five years to move them towards virus elimination, and calls for a sustained commitment to eradication efforts both by governments where the disease remains endemic and by international donors.
At its peak in 2006, the H5N1 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1 HPAI) was reported in 60 countries. Today most have managed to stamp it out — but the virus remains firmly entrenched in Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia and Vietnam due to a combination of three factors, according to the report.
The first relates to the structure of their national poultry sectors .... The second factor is the quality of public and private veterinary and animal production services ... and .... The final factor relates to the level of commitment to dealing vigorously with H5N1.
Following my post on the 12th April about the damage to the ozone layer, BBC News reports that the Antarctic ozone hole is changing weather patterns across the Southern Hemisphere, even affecting the tropics area. The change in weather pattern including the location of rainfall is very important for the future. Follow the link for more information.
Whilst we are becoming concerned about the lack of rain in Herefordshire, in Brazil torrential rain has caused floods and landslides. At least ten people have been killed - follow the link to read more about this devastating natural event.
The Telegraph reports that Thames Water has opened Britain's first desalination plant in Beckton, East London at a cost of £270 million. The plant can process up to 150 million gallons of fresh water per day. However, it takes around twice as much energy per litre compared with conventional water purification. Follow the link to read the full article.
The Guardian reports that restrictions could be imposed on farmers extracting water from rivers in the next few weeks if the current dry spell continues, after new figures showed that many river levels in England and Wales are "exceptionally low" for the time of year. Click on the link to find out more.
The Guardian reports that scientists have discovered for the first time that a mother's nutrition during pregnancy can alter her child's DNA and cause obesity in later life. Follow the link to read this interesting article.