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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.

China ends trade ban on Italian pork

China has lifted its 17-year-old trade ban on Italian pork imports, in place since 1999 over swine vesicular disease (SVD) concerns.

Czech beef and poultry production growing despite rising imports

The Czech Republic’s beef and poultry meat production is on the rise, but its meat market remains dominated by imports from EU member states, according to the Czech Statistical Office...

World Steak Challenge: How Twitter reacted to world’s best sirloin

Australia’s Jack Creek retained the title of the World’s Best Steak Producer at World Steak Challenge at yesterday’s GlobalMeatNews event held in London’s Hyde Park.

Russia is the ‘sleeping giant’ of global beef trade

Geopolitical acrimony has seen Russia’s role in the global beef trade decline, but a supply shortage and a price hike means there is potential it will re-enter the market, according...

Jack's Creek and Australia retain World Steak Challenge title

Jack’s Creek has retained the title of the World’s Best Steak Producer. 

China lifts import ban on US beef

China’s government has lifted its 13-year ban on US beef imports - a move that the US meat industry hailed as an “important first step” in restoring beef trade.

Switzerland and UK meet to discuss trade relationship

Delegates from the UK’s red meat industry met in Bern, Switzerland, to discuss the future of the countries’ trading relationship.

Russia sends meat aid to Syria

Russia is to supply 100,000 Syrians with meat and humanitarian aid after the UN accused it of being responsible for bombs that destroyed a US aid convoy near Aleppo.

Australian meat bodies clash over data criticism

The war of words between Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Australian Beef Association (ABA) has escalated, following criticism of the MLA’s Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI).

France powers up Sweden’s mobile abattoir

Rising demand for ethical and traceable protein has seen Sweden’s Hälsingestintan roll out its innovative mobile slaughter unit in France, heralding a new wave of meat production.

JBT Corp pens deal to take over Cooling and Applied Technologies

Chicago-based JBT Corporation has signed a definitive purchase agreement to take over Cooling and Applied Technologies (C.A.T.) in a deal worth $90 million.

News in brief

Chinese police bust meat smuggling ring

Nearly 1,000 tons of frozen meat, some contaminated with bleach, have been seized by Guangdong police in the South of China, according to reports.

News in brief

De Winter Natuurdarmen to become part of Van Hessen Group

Belgian casing company De Winter Natuurdarmen is to be incorporated into the Dutch Van Hessen Group. 

Miratorg targets $1bn worth of meat exports

Russian meat giant Miratorg wants to increase the volume of its meat exports to 250,000 tonnes in the next five years to a value of $1bn, according to CEO Viktor...

Russia may appeal WTO ruling on EU pig and pork exports

By the end of this month (September) the Russian government will appeal the recent ruling of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) opposing Russia’s swine fever-related ban on European Union (EU)...

FAO to cut antimicrobial resistance in food supply chain

An action plan to reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance in global food supply chains has been launched by the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). 

One in five seafood products mislabelled

On average, one in five of more than 25,000 samples of seafood on an international level is labelled incorrectly. 

EU agriculture commissioner calls for pragmatism on unfair trading practices

EU agriculture and rural development commissioner Phil Hogan wants a review of evidence before Brussels seriously considers legislation to tackle unfair trading practices in the food industry. 

Pakistan meat traders voice concerns over “unchecked” livestock smuggling

Unchecked smuggling of cattle to neighbouring Afghanistan and Iran is causing concern among exporters in Pakistan, with fears that exports will fall further as a result. 

Suspension of JBS CEO Wesley Batista lifted

The billionaire Batista brothers in charge of meatpacker JBS have had their suspensions – imposed following corruption allegations – lifted by a federal judge in Brazil.

JBS: José Batista Júnior appointed interim CEO

Brazilian meatpacker JBS has appointed José Batista Júnior as interim president and CEO of the company following the suspension of his brother, Wesley Batista.

Joint venture forms Burmese chicken company

A chicken hatchery tasked to produce 12 million birds has been created in Burma by a joint venture of animal feed and poultry breeding companies from the Netherlands and Belgium. 

Brazil’s BRF buys majority stake in Malaysian meat processor

Brazilian food conglomerate BRF has entered into an agreement with Malaysian agri-food firm FFM Berhad to acquire a 70% stake in its subsidiary FFM Further Processing (FFP) for $16m.

Danish Crown meeting ‘resistance’ in Europe

Meat processor Danish Crown has reported that the supply of pork in Europe is rising, placing more competition in the path of Europe’s giant pork producer.

Korea and Japan the top buyers of US beef

Asian markets outside of China, notably South Korea and Japan, were the biggest buyers of US beef in July, according to trade data from the US Meat Export Federation. 

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