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Pork disease impact lower than expected, says USMEF

The impact of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) on the US pork sector has not been as great as feared, US meat leaders have said.

People in Karachi condemned to consume unhygienic meat, says Pakistan experts

A former secretary general of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has roundly condemned environmental health controls at the main slaughterhouse for Karachi, the country’s largest metropolitan area and home to...

Russia considers retail restrictions on imported meat products

The Russian parliament looks set to restrict retailers from selling more than 50% imported meat products, in a bid to further stimulate the development of the domestic meat industry.

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British pig sector undergoes trade mission to the Philippines

British pig levy body Bpex is confident that exports to the Philippines can be increased following a successful trade mission to the country.

Pan-European lamb promotion funding confirmed

A three-year pan-European programme to encourage more people to cook lamb has been announced by UK beef and lamb levy body Eblex.

Qatar and Honduras give green light to Canadian meat imports

Canadian beef and livestock producers are set to benefit from the opening of two new export markets, agriculture minister Gerry Ritz and trade minister Ed Fast announced today.

WTO panel finds US COOL rule violates TBT Agreement

The World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) compliance panel has found that the US’ amended country of origin labelling (COOL) measures violate part of the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement.

Norwegian government strikes deal with food vendors on salt in meat

Negotiations between grocery food chains in Norway and the country’s ministry of health have resulted in a landmark voluntary agreement under which food retailers will remove salt from ground beef...

Brazil looks to ramp up beef production as global demand hots up

Brazil is planning to "step up the rapid intensification of its beef production sector", according to agricultural analyst Rabobank.

Mongolia looks to ramp up supplies to Russia following Putin visit

Mongolia is ready for a 10-fold increase in beef exports to Russia, following recent preliminary agreements reached during a September visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the country.

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Georgian farmers given boost in export bid to EU

The Georgian Farmers’ Association and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) are working together to establish a key global standard in order to boost exports to the European Union.

‘Gold standard outcomes’ for beef are called as part of TPP talks

The Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) unanimously endorsed a public statement calling for all Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations to support ‘gold standard outcomes’ for beef, during its annual meeting.

ADB to help south Asia slow spread of livestock diseases

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is to work with the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction to help south Asian nations slow the spread of livestock diseases.

Russia looks to expand list of approved pork suppliers from China

Russia looks set to increase the number of the authorised pork suppliers from China, from two companies to 10, in a bid to close the deficit in its own meat...

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Don Hutchens receives USMEF Distinguished Service Award

The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has named Don Hutchens as 2014 recipient of its Distinguished Service Award.

WTO finds in favour of US in India trade dispute

The United States has won its World Trade Organisation (WTO) case against India, regarding the restriction of various agricultural exports, including poultry.

Bluetongue disease halts Romania’s live cattle, sheep exports to EU

The Romanian government has decided to halt exports of live cattle and sheep to the EU following the outbreak of bluetongue disease in a number of the country’s counties.

After-effects of PEDv and export bans see pork market cool

It will be a disappointing year for the EU pork industry, according to the latest quarterly report from Rabobank.

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Ireland launches Beef Pricewatch app

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) in Ireland has launched a Beef Pricewatch app.

New Zealand sees successful year for exports

Exports of beef, veal, lamb and mutton were up NZ$480 million on last season, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) Economic Service.

US cattlemen’s associations say ‘no’ to supplemental beef checkoff

Forty-five US state cattlemen’s associations have sent a joint letter to agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack, calling for proposals for a supplemental beef checkoff to be abandoned.

Russian pork production expected to grow in 2015

Production of pork in Russia is forecast to increase by close to 6.5% next year, to 2.83 million metric tonnes (mmt), according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural...

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Perdue Farms reaches settlement over labelling lawsuit

America poultry firm Perdue Farms and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have announced the settlement of two federal court cases, concerning a labelling claim on Perdue’s Harvestland...

Nordic meat company to invest in Estonia

HKScan has announced plans to invest in major production projects in Rakvere, Estonia, as well as western Finland – one of its home markets.

Russia to import meat from Africa

Rosselkhoznadzor may allow meat to be exported to Russia from South Africa and Namibia, according to head of the veterinary watchdog Sergey Dankvert.