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Key issues, countries and systems are put under the microscope as we seek to get under the skin of meat matters and provide thought-provoking commentary.

Eating processed meat may cause headaches

US scientists have claimed that the nitrate found in processed meats, such as bacon, may be the cause of migraines.

Europe’s China-bound pork exports set to fall

Analysts warn Europe’s share of lucrative pork exports to China will fall as competition from the Americas - driven by Canada's drug-free pig herd - puts pressure on EU trade....

Australian cattle numbers hit 20-year low

Australian cattle supplies are at their lowest level in 20 years and likely to remain tight throughout 2017, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) latest quarterly cattle industry update.

Meat industry will benefit from digital, says Commission

The meat and livestock sector will see many advantages from robotics in the future, a European Commission official has said in a debate in Brussels on the digital future of...

Food trends: Why beef and pork is about to get cheaper

Beef and pork prices in the US are expected to drop by more than 10% in the next nine years, according to US government meat projections.

World Steak Challenge: How Twitter reacted to world’s best sirloin

Australia’s Jack Creek retained the title of the World’s Best Steak Producer at World Steak Challenge at yesterday’s GlobalMeatNews event held in London’s Hyde Park.

Russia is the ‘sleeping giant’ of global beef trade

Geopolitical acrimony has seen Russia’s role in the global beef trade decline, but a supply shortage and a price hike means there is potential it will re-enter the market, according...

China’s production decline sparks import boom

The global poultry industry is entering a period of enhanced market conditions as China’s historic production slump brings a welcome buoyancy to a string of poultry exporters.

Lab-made meat rebranded ‘clean meat’ to address ‘yuck’ factor

Bosses at high-tech food companies producing meat in laboratories have stopped using terms ‘lab-grown’ or ‘cultured meat’ over concerns this puts people off the revolutionary protein.

Poultry prices to rise in China as US chicken imports slide

The price of chicken is China is expected to soar this year and next as the country’s ban on US breeding birds sees imports fall dramatically, according to a Chinese...

Failure to boost meat drugs poses public health risk

An inability to develop new medicine for food-giving animals or remove “unnecessary” red tape could cause problems for animal and human health, an influential veterinary body has warned.

Competition Commission of Pakistan slams meat industry

The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has recommended public-private partnership to run the government slaughterhouses following a critical report into the country’s meat industry. 

International butchers gather Down Under for World Butchers’ Challenge

Butchery teams from New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain and France are congregating to compete in the first World Butchers’ Challenge to see who is a cut above the rest. 

Iran looks to keep growth rate of meat industry

Over the past three years Iran has managed to increase production of table poultry and red meat by 20% to reach an overall figure of 820,000 tonnes (t) of red...

Crisis point for South African poultry industry

The South African poultry sector is in crisis, according to RCL Foods which has posted extensive losses for its poultry division over the past 12 months. 

Russian embargo causes $1bn loss to Ukraine

Ukraine has lost $1bn-worth of trade thanks to the Russian-inflicted food embargo, according to Natalia Mykolska Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Economic and Trade Development. 

No ‘economic justification’ for regulation, Australian meat processors claim

A report commissioned by the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) has argued economic policy would have no impact on the balance of power in Australia’s beef sector.

Hotdogs perform worst in merchandising test

Hotdogs and sausages were hardest to spot out of 45 products on the shelves of supermarkets Walmart and Target, according to analytics firm Quri

Swapping meat for veg may keep you alive longer

Cutting sausages and bacon from your diet in favour of plant-based proteins may lower the risk of an early death, an influential US study has found. 

‘Controversial’ study says meat and sugar equally bad

Meat is just as bad as sugar when it comes to obesity causes and national dietary guidelines should recommend eating less meat, according to Australian researchers.

Red meat linked to kidney damage, claims study

Researchers at the University of Singapore have found that you are more likely to suffer from kidney failure if you eat a lot of red meat.

Where next for Brexit Britain?

The trade rule book with Britain will be torn up and rewritten once newly-elected British Prime Minister Theresa May triggers Article 50 – but what are the likeliest trading options? 

Food trends: low-fat bison meat key to a healthy diet

Meat wholesaler Durham Ranch has called on Americans to eat bison burgers with the business 'committed' to sustainable farming after the US hunted buffalo to near-extinction in the 19th century.

European pork prices leave UK in their wake

Britain is pigged off with Europe after EU pork prices continued a four-month surge that has left the UK industry struggling to keep up.

Chinese pork consumers set to suffer

The global upswing in pork prices is bad news for Chinese consumers who will have to pay record prices for pig meat this year, claims Rabobank.