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UK food watchdog admits chicken factory breached hygiene laws

Food Standards Agency says it was wrong to clear Scunthorpe plant of any failings, as more workers make dirty poultry claims. Felicity Lawrence and Andrew Wasley report The government’s food watchdog has been forced to admit that an initial inquiry which cleared one of the UK’s largest poultry processing plants of hygiene failings was misleading. Instances […]

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Chicken factories inspected by FSA following hygiene claims

Sources reveal measures being taken to clean up production, but company denies allegations of food safety failings. Felicity Lawrence and Andrew Wasley report The chicken factories at the centre of revelations over food poisoning contamination were checked by Food Standards Agency inspectors on Friday, as sources reported that Tesco auditors had found failings during a […]

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Revealed: poultry industry’s dirty secret

By Felicity Lawrence, Andrew Wasley and Radu Ciorniciuc Three of the UK’s leading supermarkets have launched emergency investigations into their chicken supplies after a Guardian investigation uncovered a catalogue of alleged hygiene failings in the poultry industry. Undercover footage, photographic evidence and information from whistleblowers has revealed how strict industry hygiene standards to prevent the […]

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Peasants’ revolt – Romania at war with itself over fracking

Fracking has sparked protests in Britain, but these look subdued compared with a campaign in Romania by peasant farmers, who are fighting their own government. In the first of our new collaborations with Channel 4 News Jim Wickens and Paraic O’Brien report They are the unlikeliest of eco-protesters, a lifetime of hardship engraved on their faces. […]

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Special report: India’s coal inferno

India’s planned power expansion depends overwhelmingly on coal, with over a hundred huge new generation units planned by 2030. Sarah Stirk reports on the nightmare the dash for coal is bringing to once peaceful rural communities. Main photo: Sarah Stirk/EFU  Champa’s eyes are surrounded by dark circles and her face is thin and drawn. It […]

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Revealed: controversial herbicide found in bread and cereal bars

Jordans cereal bars and Warburtons bread have been found to contain traces of glyphosate – a weedkiller that campaigners say poses a potential risk to human health. Andrew Wasley reports  They are the proud sponsors of Channel 4’s River Cottage series and widely recognised for their commitment to the environment, promoting ‘conservation grade’ farming where growers must […]

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Is this the real cost of glyphosate & GM animal feed?

Much of our meat and dairy produce is made from animals raised on GM feeds. But alarming new claims suggest that the GM diet is impacting on animal health – prompting fears over food safety for consumers . Andrew Wasley reports  At first glance the frozen bundles could be mistaken for conventional joints of meat. But as […]

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Revealed: oil giant Halliburton potential UK fracking partner

Deepwater horizon oil firm holds talks with company planning to drill for gas and oil in the UK countryside, including in the South Downs National Park. Andrew Wasley reports Halliburton, the American oil services giant that featured prominently in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, has been lined up as a potential contractor in Britain’s oil and […]

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Fracking ‘poses risk’ to UK farm animals and food safety

US researchers behind a study that showed links between gas drilling and sickness in livestock say a moratorium should be imposed on fracking in the UK until its impact on food safety can be assessed. Andrew Wasley reports The painting, propped up hastily on the roadside, depicts an alarming scene: a menacing, dark-haired man about […]

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On the frontline of Poland’s fracking rush

Poland stands on the brink of a boom in fracking for shale gas –but will it be an environmental curse, or an economic blessing? Andrew Wasley reports from Gdansk Chris Faulkner is an oil man. From Dallas, Texas. And his company, Breitling Oil and Gas, is a major player in the burgeoning shale gas sector. […]

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