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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.

Customs Union faces trade dispute following poultry ban

17-Apr-2014 - The Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia looks to be on the brink of a serious trade dispute after Kazakhstan banned the import of poultry from Russia and Belarus.

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Move away from gestation crates could improve Canadian pork’s image

17-Apr-2014 - The Canadian pork industry could have stood to lose CA$1.7bn annually, over the next 15 years, had the decision not been made to move away from the use of gestation crates, animal welfare group Humane Society International (HSI) Canada has claimed.

Mexican meat prices expected to increase

17-Apr-2014 - The price of meat in Mexico is expected to increase in 2014, according to a new report from Rabobank.

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Date set to finalise US poultry inspection rule

17-Apr-2014 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said it intends to finalise the proposed Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule by the end of the calendar year.

US research project investigates Blackhead disease

16-Apr-2014 - A study on Blackhead disease in poultry has pointed to the spreading of litter from pullet houses with affected birds as a potential risk factor.

Brazilian poultry exports show marginal growth

16-Apr-2014 - Volume exports of Brazilian chicken increased by 0.7% in the first three months of 2014, with a total of 907,300 tonnes (t) shipped, according to the latest report from the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA).

Poultry producer MHP sees significant increase in volumes

16-Apr-2014 - Ukrainian poultry producer MHP achieved a 30% year-on-year increase in overall production volumes of chicken meat in the three months to 31 March 2014.

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Halal opportunities discussed at Mexican congress

16-Apr-2014 - Demand for halal meat is expected to increase, alongside the growing demand for beef, according to Doctor Muhammad Munir Chaudry, president of The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA).

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Japan sees reoccurrence of HPAI in poultry

15-Apr-2014 - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI) has been discovered in the Kumamoto region of Japan.

New round of DNA tests confirmed for EU beef, following horse meat scandal

15-Apr-2014 - European beef products are set to undergo a new round of DNA tests, to check for horsemeat contamination, following a request from the European Commission.

Canadian delegates seek to unlock Asian meat market opportunities

15-Apr-2014 - Canadian agriculture minister Gerry Ritz is to lead a trade mission to the Republic of Korea, in a bid to unlock opportunities in the pork and beef markets, among others.

Kazakhstan to build large goose factory

15-Apr-2014 - The Atyrau region of Kazakhstan has embarked on the construction of a large poultry farm, which will produce goose meat.

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Classical swine fever found in Russian wild boar

15-Apr-2014 - An outbreak of classical swine fever (CSF) has been discovered in multiple locations in Russia.

Russia to introduce social security cards for meat production

14-Apr-2014 - Russia may introduce social security cards for meat production by the end of 2014, in order to stimulate consumption of domestically produced meat, according to the members of the country’s parliament.

Global beef demand being driven by China

14-Apr-2014 - The global beef market looks set to see demand continue to grow, with strong interest coming from China, according to a new Rabobank report.

EU beef situation difficult, new figures reveal

14-Apr-2014 - EU beef prices have seen a sharp drop, with production costs rising, according to new figures discussed by European farmers’ organisation Copa-Cogeca last week.

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Risk of ASF has increased to high, says EFSA

14-Apr-2014 - The endemic risk of African swine fever (ASF) in a number of countries surrounding the EU has increased from moderate to high, over the past four years, according to a new report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

EU funds project to fight meat fraud

11-Apr-2014 - The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has welcomed the launch of a €12m EU research project to combat meat retail fraud, following last year’s horsemeat scandal.

Russia discovers excessive lead in sausages from the US

11-Apr-2014 - Two shipments of sausages from the US with levels of lead that were "excessive and even dangerous to consumer health" have been discovered by Russian veterinary experts.

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China’s beef processors open franchise stores to target city slickers

11-Apr-2014 - It’s unconventional as most butcher shops go... but the ‘Kerchin Beef Shop’ outlet on Beijing’s Baijiazhuang lu is a hive of activity on a weekday afternoon.

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Cargill sees improving results in animal protein business

11-Apr-2014 - Cargill has reported a drop in net profit of 28% from $319 million in the third quarter to 28 February 2014, despite revenue holding steady at $32bn.

Belarus takes first steps towards meat industry privatisation

10-Apr-2014 - Belarus has announced the implementation of large-scale reforms in the meat industry, which will include the first-ever partial privatisation of farms and meat processing enterprises.

Poland eyes pork exports to China to compensate for Russian ban

10-Apr-2014 - Polish Minister of Agriculture Marek Sawicki has announced plans by Poland to launch pork exports to China in a bid to compensate for the losses incurred by Russia’s decision to ban imports of Polish pork, which started on 7 April.

Danish Ministry presents proposals to cut pig meat plant costs

10-Apr-2014 - Denmark’s Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries has presented proposals which its minister Dan Jørgensen claims can help pigmeat exporters reduce processing plant costs and bolster competitiveness.

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Meat suppliers on show in Asia

10-Apr-2014 - International meat producers and exporters are in attendance at Asia’s largest food and hotel exhibition, Food and Hotel Asia (FHA) 2014, which got under way today in Singapore.

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