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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.

Canada beef sector optimistic about new strategy

Canada’s beef sector organisations have told GlobalMeatNews that they are optimistic about a national programme connecting all key players in Canada’s beef sector for the first time, with the goal...

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UK gains access to Thai market for beef and lamb

The UK is to celebrate gaining access to Thailand for its beef and lamb with a special dinner next week.

US forms round-table on sustainable beef

A US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) has been launched this week, by a group of industry stakeholders in the beef value chain, including Cargill, JBS USA and Tyson Foods.

McDonald’s announces significant step in antibiotic reduction

McDonald’s USA has made the decision to only source poultry from suppliers who do not use medically important antibiotics to raise the birds, in a move that looks set to...

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H5N2 outbreak in US commercial turkey flock

An outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza has been discovered in a commercial turkey flock in Pope County, Minnesota, USA.

US meat delegation takes China tour

The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Market Expo, "a market education program that allows producers and other USMEF members to observe international market development activities for US pork and beef",...

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Prospects for the Eurozone in 2015

Matt Incles, from Promar International, describes the latest developments in the Eurozone and considers the impact on consumers and their meat purchase behaviour.

Maharashtra beef processors upset over new oxen and bull slaughter ban

Beef traders in the Indian state of Maharashtra, which includes Mumbai, are in a desperate situation as the state government has started to implement a newly-approved law that bans the...

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Australian pork researcher wins top science and innovation award

The Australian Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry was won by Queensland pork researcher Tracey Muller.

Russia suggests mitigating food embargo for Greece and Hungary

Following the announcement by Russia’s deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich that his government was considering ways to mitigate the food embargo, imposed in August last year, for a number of...

Aussie beef and lamb exports forecast upwards

A record year for Australian beef and lamb exports has been forecast by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

Ukraine sees growth in poultry production despite political turmoil

Production, exports, and consumption of poultry in Ukraine grew during 2014, according to the latest report from the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS).

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Entry call put out for European welfare awards

Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) has put out a call for food manufacturers, retailers and foodservice businesses across Europe to enter its Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards.

Maharashtra bans sale or possession of beef

The sale or possession of beef in Maharashtra, India could now carry a jail sentence, after a government Bill banning the practice was finally given presidential assent.

Norway regulator gets tough with halal meat producers following contamination scandals

Cross-contamination of meats has become a major problem in Norway as more producers and slaughterhouses add halal production lines to their operations to satisfy growing demand for halal meat among...

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Realigning global standards for agricultural trade: the US and EU trade negotiations

It is not a rare occurrence for the US and the European Union to be on the polar opposite ends of an agri-related issue.

Swedish supermarkets threaten ban against Danish pork

Swedish supermarkets, led by major chain the ICA Group, are threatening to suspend imports of Danish pork following reports by animal rights organisations complaining about the culling of up to...

Canadian farm in BSE cattle link

The recent discovery of a cow infected with BSE, in Alberta, Canada, has been linked to a previous case detected in 2010.

Food-borne bacteria showing increasing resistance

Food-borne illnesses such as Salmonella and Campylobacter could become harder to treat as resistance to antimicrobial drugs remains at significant levels.

Marfrig achieves target revenue in 2014

Brazilian meat giant Marfrig Global Foods has achieved full-year revenue of R$21bn, as a favourable currency exchange and growth in exports pushed up sales across the business.

Positive predictions for EU meat sector despite Russian impact

Prospects for the European meat sector remain strong, despite the continued impact of the Russian ban, according to the latest USDA report.

Chicken sales fall amid consumer health concerns

Negative media publicity surrounding infections in poultry flocks and farming practices in Norway has sparked a 15% to 20% drop in domestic chicken meat sales in the last six months, to mid-February.

Russia sees unprecedented fall in meat imports

Despite trade agreements with new suppliers, imports of meat to Russia dropped fivefold in January, according to official statistics. The report, from the Russian Business Consulting Agency, said the main...

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H5N8 outbreak in Hungarian ducks

A further outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N8 has been discovered in fattening ducks, in Hungary.

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US corporation acquires Marel site

Equipment manufacturer Marel is selling its high-speed slicing facility in Norwich, United Kingdom.