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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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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Welsh Lamb gains important Swedish listing

21-Mar-2014 - PGI Welsh Lamb will be sold in Swedish supermarkets from this spring, resulting in new sales amounting to 300 tonnes (t) per year.

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China’s meat majors focus on convenience as incomes rise

18-Mar-2014 - There was a time when convenience for China’s meat-eaters was a bag of frozen pork dumplings. But today the offerings of convenience meat products are exploding across the aisles of China’s supermarket, with everything from pre-prepared frozen kebab sticks to American-style microwavable steaks on offer.

Australian meat exporters keen to carve out larger share in Egypt

18-Mar-2014 - Despite the political turmoil that has rocked the country and a lull in trade relations over livestock exports, Australia is keen to boost exports to Egypt, according to market watchers.

Positive start to year for US red meat exports

12-Mar-2014 - US beef, pork and lamb exports have all increased since the start of 2014, despite the prospect of challenging market conditions ahead, according to new data from the United States Department for Agriculture (USDA).

UK meat imports up, according to Meat Promotion Wales

12-Mar-2014 - Meat imports into the UK market during 2013 rose, according to figures from Welsh meat bosses, although those increases are unlikely to be repeated during 2014.

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Foodex Tokyo 2014: Better prospects in Japan

07-Mar-2014 - With the Japanese economy on the mend, a positive mood ruled at Foodex in Tokyo.

Upbeat mood at Gulfood

06-Mar-2014 - Traders visiting Dubai for the Gulfood exhibition described the mood as "resolutely upbeat".

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Macau gives green light to UK beef and lamb imports

06-Mar-2014 - Macau, a special administrative region of China, has given the green light for imports of beef and lamb from the UK.

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EU Ministers approve meat preservative for Europe-wide use

05-Mar-2014 - The European Union (EU) Council of Ministers has approved the use across the EU of ethyl lauroyl arginate as a preservative in heat-treated meat products.

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PGI proves beneficial to Welsh meat

04-Mar-2014 - The use of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) on meat and food products has paid off, Welsh meat bosses told politicians and policy leaders at a breakfast in Brussels last week.

Continued calls for ban on live exports from UK port

28-Feb-2014 - UK animal welfare charity the RSPCA has succeeded in prompting a full enquiry into live animal exports from the port of Dover, as it calls for a nationwide ban.

US agricultural group to visit Middle East and Europe

27-Feb-2014 - A trade mission made of agricultural leaders from around the US is en route to the Middle East and Europe in a bid to develop further export opportunities for beef, pork and lamb.

Spain buys 1.5m vaccine doses for bluetongue

26-Feb-2014 - Spain’s veterinary organisation is promising a tough response to a fresh outbreak of bluetongue disease in Spanish livestock.

US study links meat and Alzheimer’s

26-Feb-2014 - A US study using mice claims barbecued, grilled or fried meat can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, despite conflicting evidence among experts.

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Australia sees tightening of NZ lamb imports

25-Feb-2014 - Exports of New Zealand (NZ) lamb have tightened following high levels of drought-induced turn-off earlier last year, according to new figures from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

Denmark bans non-stun slaughter

20-Feb-2014 - A ban on non-stun slaughter has come into force in Denmark as the country’s government says “animal rights come before religion”.

US supplier recalls products “unfit for human food”

20-Feb-2014 - Giant US supplier Rancho Feeding Corporation has recalled approximately 8.7m pounds of products due to processing “diseased and unsound animals”, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

UK sheep meat breaks 100,000t export barrier

19-Feb-2014 - Sheep meat exports from the UK continued to boom in 2013, with the country’s producers celebrating breaking the 100,000t barrier for the first time since 1999.

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

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