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The Morning Briefing: Food safety concerns

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about food safety issues.

1.) Horsemeat: Public 'kept in dark', says Labour. The U.K.'s Labour party has accused the government of keeping consumers "in the dark" about the extent of the problems from horsemeat in processed beef products.

2.) Yum Brands profit dips amid food safety scare in China. Yum Brands, owner of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants, has reported a dip in fourth quarter profits as a food safety scare hurt its sales in China.

3.) Rep. slaughter on NARMS: “We are standing on the brink of a public health catastrophe.” Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) reacted to the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) report this week, calling the increases in certain types of drug resistance among bacteria found on retail meat and ground poultry “alarming.”

4.) FSA orders tests of processed beef after horsemeat found in Findus lasagne. The Food Standards Agency has ordered companies to test their processed beef products after analysis of lasagne made by Findus found up to 100 percent of the meat came from horses.

5.) Hot air helps reduce campylobacter in poultry crates, study finds. Applying hot, flowing air to poultry transport crates could be an effective way to kill Campylobacter in these environments, according to new government research.

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— By on February 7, 2013, 4:53 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

Contributing Editor

Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure