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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.

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News in brief

Poultry drives record Finnish meat production

Meat production in Finland reached record levels in 2016, driven by poultry growth.

China’s bird flu outbreak ‘serious’

An outbreak of avian influenza (AI) in China that has already claimed the lives of more than 100 people is likely to hurt the pockets of farmers, according to analysts. 

Norway meat labelling too weak says EU surveillance body

The Norwegian government must improve its labelling controls for meat products, foodstuffs containing meat and additives used in such products, the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) Surveillance Authority has claimed.

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China’s top online meat sales trends

Chinese males aged between 28 and 35 are the sweet spot for vendors of meat in China’s booming online commerce.

US pork exports set volume record

The US pork trade wrapped up an excellent year on the global market with “very strong results” according to the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

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Meat scientist: nitrates good for body

Nitrates benefit human health and are present in far greater quantities in leafy vegetables than in processed meats, contrary to recent media coverage.

US-UK trade deal could take place in two years

A new trade deal between the UK and the US, which includes meat, could be established in as little as two years, according to experts. 

Dutch analysts warn against meat ‘overconsumption’

Scientists from government-linked research agency RIVM have advised people to avoid eating too much animal protein, as a debate over increasing the tax on meat gathers pace.

Super Bowl chicken wing consumption craze hits US

US citizens may eat enough chicken wings to circle the earth nearly three times during Super Bowl weekend, according to the National Chicken Council (NCC).

Dutch meat body questions call to eat less meat

The Dutch Meat Association (COV) has questioned the “political” recommendations of government-linked research agency RIVM to eat less meat to improve public health.

CP Group promises sustainable food production shift at Davos

Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) has joined top corporations at Davos, Switzerland to start an initiative tasked with radically changing food manufacturing to halt waste, improve health and counter climate...

Meat processors show leadership in animal welfare

Poultry firms Noble Foods and Cranswick, both UK-based, top the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW).

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...