The meat industry has come under fire from environmental campaigners in recent years and is having to run hard to catch up on the green debate. Catch up with the latest news and developments on this important subject.
07-Mar-2014 - The cost of Brazilian beef is on the up as unseasonably hot weather has resulted in a fall in cattle supplies.
06-Mar-2014 - One of China’s most respected agricultural experts has used China’s annual parliament – sitting this week in Beijing – to call for the establishment of a chicken reserve to rescue farmers from the current bird flu crisis.
05-Mar-2014 - The European Commission and the Lithuanian government are considering backing significant hunting and trapping campaigns to reduce wild boar numbers in regions where these animals have contracted African Swine Fever.
03-Mar-2014 - More than 40,000 chickens have been killed after H5N1 low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) was discovered at a farm in the Netherlands.
03-Mar-2014 - The European Union (EU) and Brazil are to boost their cooperation over health controls in their trade in meat and livestock, said a joint communiqué, released after a summit meeting in Brussels.
26-Feb-2014 - Spain’s veterinary organisation is promising a tough response to a fresh outbreak of bluetongue disease in Spanish livestock.
26-Feb-2014 - The EU pigmeat market is likely to have seen "significant downwards demand", following Russia’s ban on imports after African swine fever (ASF) was discovered in Lithuania, according to a leading industry analyst.
25-Feb-2014 - A number of associations have come together to refute claims made by the German Poultry Association (ZDG) regarding a lack of GMO-free soy coming out of Brazil.
24-Feb-2014 - Approximately 8,895lb of meat products are to be recalled by Canadian firm Santa Maria Foods Corporation, after it was found they had been imported without inspection.
24-Feb-2014 - Denmark’s Halal and Jewish societies must now rely on meat imports after the government announces a ban on non-stun meat products for animal welfare reasons.
24-Feb-2014 - The European Commission’s proposals to ban the farming of cloned animals and the sale of their meat came under fire yesterday from MEPs, who thought the European Union (EU) should take tougher action to prevent cloning.
21-Feb-2014 - Six European Union (EU) countries have proposed the introduction of a temporary veterinary certificate in order to resume supplies of pork to Russia, recently limited due to outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in Lithuania and Poland.
21-Feb-2014 - UK pork exports for last year hit record high since 2000, exceeding 256,000 tonnes (t) with a value of over £325m.
21-Feb-2014 - European food safety leaders have reported the first fall in human cases of campylobacteriosis in five years.
21-Feb-2014 - A leading Ukraine meat supplier has announced a switch in strategy to reduce its exposure to the volatile Russian poultry market.
20-Feb-2014 - A ban on non-stun slaughter has come into force in Denmark as the country’s government says “animal rights come before religion”.
20-Feb-2014 - Giant US supplier Rancho Feeding Corporation has recalled approximately 8.7m pounds of products due to processing “diseased and unsound animals”, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
20-Feb-2014 - The European Commission is to coordinate a second set of DNA tests this spring, similar to those conducted last year, following the horsemeat mislabelling scandal, with the results being published by the end of July.
20-Feb-2014 - Kenya is due to host Africa’s very first donkey slaughterhouse, as a response to an ever-growing Chinese demand for donkey meat.
19-Feb-2014 - Anglo-Danish meat giant Tulip has announced what it described as “ambitious” plans to build upon its trade links with the Chinese pigmeat sector.
19-Feb-2014 - Sheep meat exports from the UK continued to boom in 2013, with the country’s producers celebrating breaking the 100,000t barrier for the first time since 1999.
19-Feb-2014 - Poland reported record exports of pork in 2013, according to data from the state-run Agricultural Market Agency (ARR). The country’s meat processors exported some 438,000 tonnes (t) of pork last year, an increase of 19% compared with a year earlier. In 2013, the revenues generated by Polish pork exports rose 18.8% to €912m (US$1.25bn).
18-Feb-2014 - The European sheep flock is set to continue to decline, with some experts describing a predicted 7% fall as “conservative”, delegates to a London-based conference were told.
18-Feb-2014 - Poland’s meat industry has reported huge losses because of Russia’s recent restrictions on pork imports from the EU, following the recent outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in Lithuania. Last week, Polskie Mieso – the Polish Association of Meat Producers, Exporters and Importers – sent an open letter to Prime Minister Donald Tusk with a request to address the situation urgently.
18-Feb-2014 - A Russian ban on European pork imports is having serious consequences, the European Union (EU) health commissioner Tonio Borg warned last night (Monday) in Brussels. “The price of meat in Europe is going down and the price of meat in Russia is going up,” he told journalists after an EU Council of Ministers agricultural meeting. “There has been a 35-40% increase in the price of pork in Russia,” he added, insisting that it was in the “mutual interest” of the EU and Russia to reach a solution as soon as possible – to stop the ban from harming consumers, the economy and the agricultural sector overall.
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