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The meat industry is a fast paced sector and its vital to stay up-to-date on the latest developments within the sector, be they processor expansion or the changing market conditions around the globe.

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Sial event to explore social media benefits

The Sial food show in Paris has announced it will feature a conference that will explore how food brands can use social media to benefit their brands.

Halal food body regains Malaysian recognition

The UK’s Halal Food Authority (HFA) has regained recognition from the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) as an accepted Foreign Halal Certification Body, after losing this last year, due...

EU secures WTO panel against Russia pigmeat ban

The European Union (EU) has today (23 July) forced the creation of a disputes panel at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) which will examine the legality under world trade law...

Norway acts against MRSA infection on pig farm

Mattilsynet, Norway’s food safety authority, has ordered the destruction of a pig-herd in Vestre Toten, in western Norway, following the discovery of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) in...

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Austrian foodservice sector given a taste of British beef and lamb

British beef and lamb was shown off to members of the high-end Austrian foodservice sector at a special event in the British embassy in Vienna.

US beef industry lambasts environment link study

US beef bosses have branded a study, which claims beef production was around 10 times more harmful to the environment than other protein productions, as a “gross over-simplification”.

US meat body targets Japanese via media

The United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has reported success with a new media strategy aimed at Japanese pork buyers.

No end in sight for China’s cattle shortage

On the face of it, things are looking rather rosy for beef in China. Growth is dynamic – at least within the context of fresh food – driven by consumer...

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Shanghai meat processor investigated after TV exposé

Chinese authorities are reported to be investigating claims a Shanghai-based meat processor has been re-cycling expired meat products.

China lifts Brazilian beef ban

Brazilian producers are hoping to recapture lost ground after China announced it was lifting its ban on the country’s beef, imposed following the discovery of BSE in 2012.

Guidance developed for atypical BSE

A laboratory protocol for studying unusual ‘atypical’ cases of BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) has been developed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Documentary attacks meat’s environmental impact

A new documentary has been launched this month that claims to expose the meat industry’s environmental destruction and the lack of a challenge from green groups.

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Chinese investment group takes stake in Spanish firm

Spanish food and wine group Osborne has teamed up with Chinese private investment group Fosun in a bid to grow both its domestic and international markets.

Welsh meat looks to boost exports

Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is looking to capitalise on growing overseas demand for its lamb and beef.

Australian meat sector fights back against veggie campaigns

Australian meat bosses are fighting back against the Paul McCartney-backed Meat Free Monday campaign by investing in research and consumer education.

American poultry standards draw criticism at trade talks

As European Union (EU) and US officials began their sixth round of negotiations on an ambitious EU-US free trade agreement in Brussels this week, American poultry practices threatened to become...

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Extra record proposed for ground beef by USDA

Makers of raw ground beef products could be forced to keep records in order to further protect consumers, if proposals by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and...

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Africa – the four pillars of growth

If you were to think about the global meat sector, Africa is not often seen in the same light as China, other parts of Asia and Latin America, but this...

Cargill promotes absence of growth-promoting antibiotics in its turkeys

Cargill’s Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms turkey brands have now removed growth-promoting antibiotics from all turkeys produced at the network of independent farms it works with, in what the...

New Zealand lamb exports exceed NZ$2bn

Despite reduced lamb export volumes from New Zealand, the value of Free On Board (FOB) exports exceeded NZ$2bn for only the fourth time in history, in the first nine months...

JBS Foods confirms Brazilian poultry acquisition

JBS Foods has signed a deal with Brazilian poultry firm Céu Azul Alimentos to acquire two processing plants in Guapiaçu and Itapetininga, Paulo, for approximately BRL$246m ($110m).

African swine fever threatens entire Russian pig industry

Outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) at the Velikoluksky meat processing plant in Pskov Oblast are threatening to become the largest registered in Russia this year.

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Humane Slaughter Association reveals award-winner

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has named Doctor Bert Lambooij DVM, of the Animal Science Group at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, as the winner of its 2014 award.

FSIS sends proposal to modernise US poultry inspection for review

A proposed rule to modernise the system for US poultry inspection has been sent from the United Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to the Office of...

Increasing price forecast for Australian cattle, thanks to beef demand

Despite a looming shortage of cattle, robust global demand for beef has put a positive spin on Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) 2014 mid-year cattle projections.

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