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China cracks down on water-injecting of cattle

13-Feb-2014 - Officials in a city in east China are designating official slaughterhouses and specific slaughter times for individual cattle in order to crack down on unscrupulous cattle dealers and slaughtering firms injecting cattle with water prior to slaughter to bulk up weight. Authorities in Xinyu, a city in easterly Jiangxi province, are demanding that all cattle are slaughtered at 10 officially designated slaughtering points. Cattle are booked into specific slaughtering times and must be quarantined prior to slaughter, according to a report in the local Xinyu Ri Bao (Xinyu Daily News) newspaper.

EC to consider additional laws on animal welfare

13-Feb-2014 - European Commission officials are already considering whether to propose additional livestock welfare laws or guidelines, over and above the Commission’s May 2013 proposals for an animal welfare regulation that is now being considered by the European Parliament.

EU concessions on meat needed in US negotiations, says official

12-Feb-2014 - The European Union (EU) will have to make concessions on meat in its negotiations with the US for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a senior European Commission official warned last night (Tuesday).

Ethiopia tries to crack down on livestock black market

11-Feb-2014 - Ethiopia’s large livestock industry is set to undergo a shake-up following a new livestock trading bill, passed on 21 January. The new law, due to be enforced in March, is designed to tighten Ethiopia’s livestock market, increasing its efficiency and value by eliminating middle-men, unregulated animal markets and illegal cross-border trades.

China’s meat imports surge, live cattle trade slackens

11-Feb-2014 - China’s imports of live cattle appear to have dropped back in 2013, although there has been a surge in cattle for beef breeding and finishing. According to China Customs data, China imported 102,245 cattle (cows, bulls and weanlings) in 2013 – down 26,004 on 2012. The imported animals – the bulk of them Holstein dairy cows – were worth US$26.6m, but 9,370 Angus cattle from Australia and New Zealand appear to be for the beef sector, according to categorisation in the Customs data. A batch of 3,000 Angus, classed as ‘beef cattle’, were imported from Australia in November.

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US beef sets annual value record

11-Feb-2014 - US beef exports set a new annual value record in 2013 by reaching the $6bn mark, according to statistics compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Danish government considers dropping VAT on organic meats

10-Feb-2014 - Denmark’s ministry of agriculture (MoA) is examining a proposal, supported by the country’s farming, retailing and consumer groups, to abolish VAT on organic products, including meat. The ministry is expected to deliver a decision once Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s centre-left administration completes its budgetary review in April.

Chinese meat output growth slowing

06-Feb-2014 - China appears to be struggling to meet its ambitious targets for meat production, judging by newly published data for 2013.

American cattle herds smallest since 1951, says USDA

05-Feb-2014 - The USA continues to face drought and declining cattle herds, according to recent US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports, although the industry says ranchers could begin rebuilding herds soon.

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IPPE: Speakers discuss biosecurity strategy

04-Feb-2014 - Biosecurity strategies to minimise animal health and food safety risks should consist of carefully considered rules and procedures, said speakers at International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).

IPPE: Weather hits visitor numbers

04-Feb-2014 - Early indications suggest that the number of attendees the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) was 4,000 below predicted numbers.

Russia reduces long-term support of meat industry

04-Feb-2014 - The Russian government is to cut funding for livestock production development for the period up to 2020 by more than 10 times, from RUB65bn (US$1.84bn) to RUB4.6bn (US$0.13bn), according to its press service.

Welsh meat executives pursue Russian opportunity

04-Feb-2014 - Welsh meat bosses will be hoping for success in Russia with a trade mission to a major food and drink show in Moscow.

UK fears on Polish meat questioned

03-Feb-2014 - UK concerns over increasing numbers of Polish imports may be unfounded, industry watchers have said.

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IPPE: US veterinary expert urges food safety

03-Feb-2014 - The meat industry has a responsibility to ensure food is safe, delegates to the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta were told.

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Looking back to look forwards

31-Jan-2014 - Although the New Year has come and gone, there is still the opportunity to both look back and forwards to see what has happened in the past 12 months and what might happen in the next 12.

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US agency takes steps on livestock pollution

31-Jan-2014 - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it is developing a new project to reduce pollution from the livestock sector.

Danish meat firm prepares to tap China organic market

31-Jan-2014 - Friland A/S, Denmark’s largest specialist organic meats producer, plans to adopt a market entry strategy of “thinking big but starting small” in China, following the company gaining an important foothold on the potentially lucrative Chinese organic meats market.

MEPs to consider extending origin labelling to sheep, pigs and goats

30-Jan-2014 - MEPs will next week consider a proposal from the European Parliament’s influential environment committee calling for stricter European labelling rules for chilled, fresh and frozen meat from goats, sheep and swine.

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Dutch take swift action on horsemeat discovery

30-Jan-2014 - Dutch food bosses have put out an alert after the discovery of horsemeat in a slaughterhouse prompted a block on shipments from the business.

New Zealand adds genetic funding for sheep and beef

30-Jan-2014 - The New Zealand meat industry has welcomed news of a NZ$15m boost into the country’s sheep and beef genetic research work.

US organisations oppose new Farm Bill

29-Jan-2014 - US livestock organisations and food associations fear that new country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules, set out in the Farm Bill, could provoke retaliation from Canada and Mexico and are strongly opposed to the new legislation.

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North American meat body gains new director

29-Jan-2014 - The North American Meat Association (NAMA) has announced the appointment of Norm Robertson to the role of associate executive director of regulatory issues.

Latvian association says 90% of sold beef origin is unknown

29-Jan-2014 - As much as 90% of the beef sold in Latvia’s stores and markets comes from unknown sources or is smuggled, according to Rihards Valtenbergs, head of the Latvian Cattle Breeders Association (LAMCB).

Latvia to lose smoked meat processing capacity

29-Jan-2014 - A number of Latvian meat processors may close their businesses this year, due to the fact they will not be able to meet the EU’s new requirements on the quality of smoked meat products, according to reports from several meat companies.

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