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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.

Calls made to include cancer warning on processed meat

Labels warning of cancer risks should appear on US processed meat and poultry products, according to The Center for Science and the Public Interest (CSPI).

Mycotoxin levels in animal feed on the rise

The level of mycotoxins found in UK and Irish wheat has increased over the past two years, according to a new survey. 

Russia set to approve heat-treated meat exports to Japan

Russia is close to approving veterinary certificates for exports of meat, in particular heat-treated beef, from the Kaliningrad facility of Miratorg to Japan, Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor reported on 5...

Smithfield makes greenhouse gas emissions pledge

US pork processor Smithfield Foods has announced plans to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25% by 2025. 

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Hilton Food Group to open Australian processing facility

Hilton Food Group is to expand its Australian presence with the announcement that it is to construct a new meat processing facility in Queensland. 

Russia: swine fever losses top one billion rubles

Russia has seen an unprecedented rise in the loss of pigs to African Swine Fever (ASF) in 2016, jumping 12.6 times compared to 2015 to RUB1.2 billion (US$18m), according to...

Montenegrin meat processor launches new plant

Montenegro-based meat processor Novi Monteživ has opened a new processing facility in Nikšić, in the east of the country. The move is in response to increasing demand for high-quality poultry...

China’s chicken supply chain in danger

China’s supply chain faces a challenge with historically low breeding stock supplies compounded by outbreaks of bird flu in markets China depends on for a regular flow of grandparent birds. ...

China's Jinluo sees growth in 'no starch' ham

One of China’s biggest traditional pork processors is crediting its repackaged ‘no starch’ ham sausages for strong growth in the company’s sales.

Japan scrambles to limit impact of bird flu outbreak

Japan has confirmed a third outbreak of avian flu in as many days, prompting the cull of thousands of farmed birds in the north of the country.

US government proposes changes to meat and poultry's nutritional display

Suggestions have been made to ensure that American consumers have up-to-date nutritional information on their meat and poultry products. 

New Zealand export lambs due to drop

The number of lambs bred for export from New Zealand is expected to drop 2.7% in 2016-17.

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US pork sector braced for record-breaking numbers

A record-breaking number of pigs is set to have been produced by US farmers this year, according to the country’s National Pork Board.

Russia’s poultry industry stagnates for the first time in a decade

In the third quarter of 2016, Russia’s poultry industry stopped growing for the first time in a decade, according to agri-research firm SovEcon.

Marel to expand Slovak production facility

Meat processing equipment manufacturer Marel has unveiled plans to expand the output capacity of its production facility in Nitra, Slovakia, according to senior company representatives.

Farming group warns Mercosur deal threatens EU beef industry

An event in the European Parliament, held today (30 November), has warned politicians of the negative impact a trade deal with Latin America could have on domestic EU beef producers.

Antitrust clearance sees Greencore edge closer to Peacock Foods acquisition

Greencore’s planned acquisition of American company Peacock Foods has moved a step closer to completion after gaining antitrust clearance from US authorities.

Brazil meat sector welcomes Malaysia trade deal

Brazil's meat industry has welcomed a commercial agreement struck by their country’s government with Malaysia, that will encourage and enable Brazilian beef and chicken exports to the south-east Asian country....

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Work begins on Skenderaj Weng Fat site

The foundation for a Weng Fat Poultry site in Skenderaj, Kosovo has been laid.

Rising pig prices lead to smuggling epidemic

Historically high Chinese pig prices and ongoing crackdowns on farmyard pollution appear to have driven a wave of pig smuggling from Vietnam into China. 

No quick fix for New Zealand earthquake recovery

Farmers impacted by the earthquake earlier this month in New Zealand have been warned that recovery is going to be a long-term process.

Dutch pork consumer awareness trial launched

Pork producer Vion, agricultural association ZLTO and retailer Albert Heijn have teamed up with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs to increase consumer awareness about where pork comes from. 

Australian Agricultural Company to focus on high quality beef

The Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) has signalled its intent to move into the high-quality beef market, with aspirations for global exports. 

World Butchers’ Challenge coming to Northern Ireland

The World Butchers’ Challenge is to be hosted by Northern Ireland. 

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Memphis Meats launches crowdfunding campaign

‘Clean meat’ producer Memphis Meats has launched a community-building campaign to help extend awareness about its mission to “build a better meat”.