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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.

Australia goat prices move from ‘strength-to-strength’

A relatively good balance between the Australian and US dollar during 2016 fended off a price pinch for goat meat exporters hit with trade decline.

FAO: Food commodity prices fall for fifth consecutive year

The international market price of meat has declined, with average value last year down by 7% year-on-year, according to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). 

Health expert slams study linking red meat to bowel disorder

A leading meat nutrition expert has blasted “contradictory results” in a US study linking increased consumption of red meat to greater risk of developing the bowel disorder diverticulitis.

Sugar changes to Eatwell Guide are ‘large’ but worthwhile: Oxford study

Reducing sugar consumption in line with recommendations set out in the Eatwell Guide, are likely to extend the average life expectancy by around six months according to Oxford University researchers.

Mexico whets appetite for record-breaking US pork exports

The US broke its monthly record for pork exports in November 2016 after its record-beating trade increased by nearly a quarter year-on-year.

ABP part of consortium picked to lead food innovation

ABP Food Group is part of a winning European consortium selected to lead “ground-breaking food research” by the prestigious European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Opinion split as Trump picks protectionist-leaning trade rep Robert Lighthizer

Donald Trump’s appointment of Robert Lighthizer as US trade representative singles the US President-elect’s intent to change how America does business – and again, it’s a decision that has divided...

Food trend predictions for 2017

Clean and ethical labels alongside intelligent packaging and the demand for organic produce are some of the key trends likely to dominate the food industry this year.

5 Fantastic Meats and Where to Find Them

There has been much in the news to make one huffle and puff, the latest Harry Potter spin-off movie got the GlobalMeatNews team thinking about all the magic exotic meats...

Meat body slams study linking cured meat to asthma

A French study linking increased cured meat consumption with increased risks for asthma sufferers has been strongly rebuked by the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

Russia’s pork consumption hits record high

Russian pork consumption hit 25kg per capita this year, which could be a 25-year high, said Yuri Kovalev, CEO of the Russian Union of Pork Producers (RUPP), in a speech...

UN: Bangladesh must boost protein intake to fight stunted growth

As Bangladesh grapples with the problem of stunted growth in children, a United Nations expert has called for a boost in animal protein consumption to tackle the crisis.

Mycotoxin levels in animal feed on the rise

The level of mycotoxins found in UK and Irish wheat has increased over the past two years, according to a new survey. 

Bird flu outbreaks rock poultry sector as prices rise

Waves of avian influenza (AI) across Europe, Asia and Africa could impact the poultry industry just as broiler prices rise and feed costs drop. 

Meat industry ‘hit hard’ by EU trade policy

The EU meat industry, particularly beef, could be “hit hard” by upcoming trade deals signed by the European Union, a study has warned.

GULFOOD MANUFACTURING

Demand for natural ingredients on the rise

Meat producers are being told that they should capitalise on the trend towards more natural ingredients. 

Huge science leap needed to control farm-driven antimicrobial resistance

A giant leap in research is needed to effectively end the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, according to a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) report.

President Trump and the future of free trade

As the world digests the news that Donald Trump is to become the 45th President of the United States of America, his views on international trade will be closely scrutinised...

Canadian Meat Council welcomes start of Ukraine FTA

The Canadian Meat Council (CMC) has welcomed a move from Canada’s parliament to start ratifying the Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement.

China’s pork imports boom, but EU share slumps

China’s pork imports continue to gather pace despite the European Union’s (EU) market share falling in the world’s most coveted pig meat arena.

Injury rate in US poultry sector at all-time low

The rate of non-fatal workplace injuries sustained by Americans employed in the US poultry sector is now at the lowest point since 1994.

Allegations of ‘anti-competitive’ culture in Aussie beef sector

A landmark study on Australia’s beef and cattle industry has identified “serious shortcomings” in the transparency of price reporting at livestock auctions.

EU meat industry voices concern over CETA

The CETA deal, whose legal texts were finally signed on 30 October, will be “a painful exercise” for the EU meat sector, Copa-Cogeca secretary general Pekka Pesonen has warned.

Denmark braced for record-breaking piglet exports

Denmark may hit a record 13 million (m) piglet exports when 2016 draws to an end, according to Frank Oland, chief economist at the Danish Agriculture & Food Council, who...

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.