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Vietnamese pork regularly contaminated with bacteria, finds study

Pork sold across Vietnam’s wet markets regularly carries food poisoning bacteria, such as Salmonella, according to researchers.

Catholics OK to eat meat on St Patrick’s Day

Catholics in multiple US states have been given permission to eat traditional Irish food such as corned beef this St Patrick’s Day, which falls on a Friday.

US red meat exports see major growth

US exports of beef and pork saw a significant year-on-year growth in January of this year. 

Meat production to drive growth in protein ingredients market

Global demand for meat will require industry to grow animals faster than ever before, which in turn will fuel growth in the protein ingredients market, according to a study.

Direct payments essential to beef sector

The European beef sector must keep its direct payments at a time when the European Union’s (EU’s) Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is under review, according to new research highlighted by...

Kazakhstan’s pig industry shrinks

Kazakhstan’s pig population has fallen by 6.4% or 831,300 head between 2015 and 2016, according to data from the State Statistical Agency. 

Meat trends: Change for production-ruling China

China will dominate the global meat industry up to 2020, but transition will see pork production reshaped, poultry hit by trade restrictions and beef challenged by a rocky road.

Meat factory X-ray technology study launched in Australia

An independent review set up by the Australian meat industry will analyse the feasibility of rolling out carcase measurement technology nationwide.

Quiz: The month in meat news

A quiz on this month's biggest meat news - have you been paying attention to the global meat industry? 

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.