ANALYSIS - McDonald's may be banned from producing a range of burgers and dairy products in Russia after the Russian food safety agency, Rosselkhoznadzor, suspected McDonald’s cheese suppliers of adding antibiotics to their produce, writes Lucy Towers, TheFishSite Editor.
Some of McDonald’s burgers, milkshake and ice-cream were also found to contain amounts of fat, protein and carbohydrates as well as calorific values that differ from the amounts listed by McDonald’s in its consumer information.
Norwegian salmon farmer Marine Harvest is facing a €20 million fine from the European Commission for acquiring its rival Morpol, without having received prior authorisation under the EU Merger Regulation.
Marine Harvest has however disputed the Commission's claims, saying that it believes it has acted in accordance to EU rules and is likely to now take the case to the EU courts.
There was outcry last week from a number of Australian fishing associations after the Local Government Association of Tasmania considered a motion from the Break O'Day & Northern Midlands councils to lobby the Australian Government to ban certain types of Australian flagged fishing vessels from Australia waters.
South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association’s Executive Officer Simon Boag commented: “The Association is appalled that local governments in Tasmania would even consider such a motion... The two councils have proposed this motion based on a one page briefing note that does not make a single mention of science, the state of Australian or Tasmanian fisheries or the size of the catch of any fish stock. The document is not even clear on the type of vessel facing the ban.”
The Commonwealth Fisheries Association (CFA) also said it is opposed to the banning of any authorised boat, whether it is big or small, as it severely diminishes the rights of the fishing operators to catch the fish that is allocated to them, under rigorous scientific analysis and Governmental regulation.