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EFSA publishes new opinion on cold storage temperatures

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said that the time between slaughter and mincing of meat can be extended without detrimental effects on public health.

US COOL labelling moves one step closer

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has expressed its disappointment at a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to deny its request for a preliminary...

Miratorg expands investment in its latest beef project

Russian meat giant Miratorg will put an additional RUB1.4bn (US$47m) of government subsidies towards a project to produce high-quality beef in the country’s Bryansk Oblast region.

Extra requirements needed from US poultry companies

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to impose additional requirements on poultry companies in a bid to stamp out foodborne illnesses.

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USDA announces assistance for sheep industry

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has detailed two new programs designed to help the sheep industry with the production and marketing of their products in...

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Pilgrim’s Pride reports achieves increased EBITDA

JBS subsidiary Pilgrim’s Pride has reported a significant increase in EBITDA from $264.6m to $338.6m in the second quarter of 2014.

Cargill announces Milwaukee plant closure due to cattle shortage

Up to 600 jobs are at risk at Cargill’s beef harvest facility in Milwaukee, after the firm revealed it will shut down the site as of close of business on...

US study shows lean beef can reduce blood pressure

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University in the US have revealed that the consumption of lean beef as part of a DASH-like diet (dietary approaches to stop hypertension), could actually reduce...

New alliance formed for tropical livestock farming

Scotland and Africa have come together to work on the challenges faced by farmers of livestock in tropical developing countries.

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Canadian chicken research enjoys funding boost

An investment of up to CD$275,000 is to be awarded to the Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan, Canada, to undertake a research project on disease control in its broiler industry.

LA-MRSA discovered in piglet in Northern Ireland

News has emerged from Northern Ireland that a piglet has been found to have Livestock Associated MRSA (LA-MRSA), in what is the first case of its kind in the country.

Russia continues to restrict meat imports

During the first half of the year meat imports to Russia fell by 37% year-on-year, while the country’s own meat production rose by 4%, clearly to compensate the losses, according...

Singapore relaxes export conditions for Northern Irish pork

Northern Ireland has welcomed the news that Singapore has relaxed conditions for its pork exports.

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US poultry consumption up 17%

The average number of meals or snacks containing chicken, has increased 17% from 5.2 in 2012 to 6.1 according to a survey by US association the National Chicken Council.

JBS subsidiaries to acquire Tyson Foods’ poultry businesses

Tyson Foods is to sell its Mexican and Brazilian poultry business to JBS subsidiaries in a deal worth a total of $575 million.

Pork prices set to stay high, thanks to PEDv, claims Rabobank

The latest Rabobank report on the global pork market has suggested pork prices will remain high in Q4, due to the porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv), entering some countries into...

Australia points to growing importance of US for beef and lamb exports

The USA is a key market for Australian beef and lamb exports and its importance is growing: Australia’s beef exports by volume to America shot up by 53% in the...

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Free-range poultry farmer to tour Europe on labelling campaign

The daughter of a free-range broiler farmer from Devon, England, is to embark on a 39-day tour of the European Union, calling for clear, mandatory method-of-production labelling on poultry meat.

EU horsemeat testing shows improvement

The second round of pan-European horse meat DNA tests has shown an improvement from 2013, but still saw products testing positive in seven countries.

Putin puts weight behind raising of Russia's beef and offal import duties

Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to prepare, before 1 October 2014, the deletion of cattle meat and beef offal from the list of goods that can be...

Chinese chicken rejected by McDonald’s after scandal

After a major food safety scandal, McDonald’s in Japan has stopped buying chicken from China, while Hong Kong’s outlets have taken chicken products off the menu completely.

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Feed price fall promises boost for South African poultry firm

South African poultry company Astral Foods expects a boost, due to lower maize and soya prices, according to Investec research.

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FMD outbreak on South Korean pig farm

Foot-and-mouth disease has been confirmed in South Korea, the first such outbreak in more than three years, it was reported.

Ukraine meat industry airs concerns on gas supply

Ukrainian meat producers, particularly poultry firms, are urgently looking for an alternative to the supply of Russian natural gas, according to the Union of Poultry Breeders of Ukraine (UPBU). However,...

African Swine Fever enters Polish pig herd

A case of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been recorded in the Polish pig herd for the first time, authorities have confirmed.

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