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EU-US Free Trade Agreement opportunities discussed during industry visit

22-Apr-2014 - The potential opportunities for the beef and lamb sector from a Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the USA were discussed at a recent industry exchange trip earlier this month.

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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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).

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.

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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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.

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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.

Australia finalises negotiations on Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan

09-Apr-2014 - Australia has concluded its negotiations on an Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan – its second-biggest trading partner.

US reports export growth for meat, despite challenges

09-Apr-2014 - The United States Meat Exports Federation (USMEF) reported growth in exports for pork, beef and lamb in February 2014, despite concerns about supply and rising prices.

China to build new beef plant, despite cattle scarcity

08-Apr-2014 - Chinese meat processing capacity continues to expand apace with the latest announcement of a new 50,000-head beef lot and slaughtering plant in the mid-sized city of Xiangyang in the central province of Hubei.

ABC News fails to get ‘pink slime’ case thrown out

07-Apr-2014 - Beef Products Inc (BPI) is to plough ahead with its $1.2bn court case against ABC News and three of its reporters, after a South Dakota judge refused to dismiss the case.

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Rabies outbreak discovered in Uruguayan cattle

07-Apr-2014 - A new outbreak of rabies has been discovered on a farm in Uruguay, with 24 cattle and one sheep having died so far.

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Swiss ate more meat in 2013, says industry association

07-Apr-2014 - Average Swiss consumers ate almost 52kg of meat in 2013, up 0.4% from what they consumed in 2012, according to Proviande, the trade association of Swiss meat producers.

Russia bans imports of beef from Australia

04-Apr-2014 - Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has announced that, as of 7 April 2014, it will not allow any imports of both chilled and frozen beef from Australia.

Middlemen take profits as Brazil, Ireland eye opening of China beef market

04-Apr-2014 - Lower pricing of imports compared to local beef means imported beef has been embraced by a wider spread of geography and customers in China, said Joel Haggard, Hong Kong-based head of Asia-Pacific operations at the US Meat Exporters Federation (USMEF).

Nicaragua raises foot-and-mouth alarm over US lifting Brazil beef import ban

02-Apr-2014 - The Nicaraguan government has raised fears that the planned reopening of the US market to Brazilian beef could risk spreading foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) to north and central America.

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Welsh Beef promoted in Italian retail chain

01-Apr-2014 - Welsh Beef is being sold in Italy for the first time, as 80 Bennet stores are promoting Welsh products from 27 March until 9 April.

Dutch Safety Board report finds deficiencies in meat supply chain

31-Mar-2014 - The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) has published a damning report on ‘Risks in the meat supply chain’, claiming the industry has "numerous deficiencies" when it comes to food hygiene.

Romania to export sheepmeat to China

31-Mar-2014 - Romanian Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea has announced plans by China to launch imports of sheep meat from Romania following last year’s signing of two agreements to export Romanian pork and cattle to the Chinese market.

JBS announces profit jump in 2013

28-Mar-2014 - Global meat company JBS has revealed net profits increased by 28.9% to BRL926.9m ($403.75m) in its full-year results for 2013.

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Swedish investigation to focus on hybrid buffalo-beef mislabelling

28-Mar-2014 - A preliminary investigation by Livsmedelsverket, Sweden’s food safety authority, has established that between 25 to 30 tonnes (t) of fillet beef mixed with buffalo meat may have been sold, or marketed for sale as imported Italian beef.

US beef cattle herd decline could have bottomed out says USDA expert

27-Mar-2014 - Beef production in the USA could be lower this year than in 2013, even though there are indications that the long decline in the national cattle herd may be at an end, a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) expert has told GlobalMeatNews.

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Editor's picks: Top 10 animal welfare stories of 2013

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