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US-Philippines row heats up

Philippine agriculture secretary Proceso J Alcala is determined to maintain Administrative Order 22 (AO22), mandating refrigeration of imported meat, despite growing pressure from US officials.

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New marketing manager for MLA

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has appointed Michael Edmonds as global marketing general manager. He will succeed to Glen Feist in late March.

Hormel profits down 14% due to high pork costs

US food manufacturer Hormel Foods has reported a 14% drop in profits in the first quarter of 2012, down to $128.4m from $148.8m in Q1 2011. Overall sales were up...

French butchers call for mandatory halal labelling

French craft butchers have asked for national and European regulation to make halal labelling mandatory following a transparency controversy in the Paris region.

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First synthetic burger to be unveiled this autumn

The first lab-grown piece of meat could be unveiled as early as October this year, Maastricht University scientist Mark Post has said.

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Ghana encourages consumption of local poultry

The Ghanaian ministry of health (MOH) has warned consumers against the dangers of eating foreign frozen poultry and urged them to buy domestic products, the Daily Graphic reports.

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German meat production up 1.5%

German meat production went up 1.5% or 119,000 tonnes in 2011, reaching 8.2m tonnes (mt), the German Meat Association (VDF) has revealed.

French presidential candidate sparks halal row

Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has sparked controversy by declaring all the meat consumed in the Paris region was halal.

Meat prices main driver for US shoppers’ decisions

Price per pound is still the most important decision factor for US consumers, followed for the first time by total package cost, according to the American Meat Institute (AMI).

Kerry posts positive growth, despite challenges

Global ingredients and food group Kerry has reported solid earnings growth in 2011, despite significant cost inflation.

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New Zealand downsizes export forecasts

New Zealand has revised its export lamb slaughter predictions for 2012, after the latest statistics revealed that the country’s lamb slaughter has declined further than expected.

Saudi Arabia calls for tighter regulations on halal importers

Saudi Arabia has called on all non-Muslim countries which export halal products to tighten their adherence to Islamic regulations, and has requested that an approved set of guidelines be drawn...

UK becomes net lamb exporter

Latest statistics have shown the UK is now a net exporter of lamb. According to the data from beef and sheep levy body Eblex, sheep meat exports from the UK...

Canadian pork producers support TPP agreement

Canadian pork producers have urged ministers to secure Canada’s entry to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without any pre-conditions.

US and EU reach organic agreement

Products certified organic in the United States or the European Union will be able to be sold as organic on both markets from 1 June 2012.

Botswana hopes to lift EU beef export ban

The Botswana government claims it is fulfilling demands made by the European Union (EU) to improve livestock disease controls in the face of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreaks, and hopes an...

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UK halal plant targets export market

A halal food plant that aims to supply meat to Muslim consumers across Europe has received approval and funding from the UK agriculture ministry (Defra).

South Africa imposes anti-dumping tax on Brazilian poultry

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has imposed a temporary levy on Brazilian poultry products after allegations of dumping from certain exporters.

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Russian vets visit UK processors

The UK meat industry is hoping to expand its export market to Russia after a delegation of Russian veterinarians inspected the country’s processing plants.

No talks in sight on US-Taiwan ractopamine dispute

Negotiations to lift the ractopamine ban hampering meat trade between the US and Taiwan are unlikely to happen before additional scientific studies, US industry experts have said.

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Wales promotes its lamb in Dubai

Welsh meat body Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) will promote the principality’s lamb at Middle East trade show Gulfood from 19 to 22 February.

Record year for US exports

US red meat exports reached record levels in 2011, with a value of over $11.5bn for beef, pork and lamb combined.

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UAE lifts age restriction on US beef

US beef exports to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could increase by 20% in 2012, as the country has lifted age-based restrictions on American beef.

UK-South Africa trade to resume

UK red meat exporters are in talks with South African companies to resume trade between the two countries after a 15-year ban was lifted in May 2011.

Methane reduction achievable within four years

A new EU-commissioned genetic study could allow livestock producers to breed animals releasing less methane in as little as four years.