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US meat and poultry organisations secure USDA funding

24-Apr-2014 - The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and The USA Poultry and Egg Export Council have been awarded significant funding for 2014 as part of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Market Access (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) Programs.

Russian meat industry shrugs off risk of EU/US sanctions

24-Apr-2014 - The Russian government has shrugged off the risk posed by possible economic sanctions from the US and European Union (EU) over the Ukraine crisis, but admitted that a poultry export expansion plan has been shelved.

French processed pork products to be exported to China

23-Apr-2014 - The China representative of France pigmeat association INAPORC has welcomed an agreement between the Chinese and French governments that should enable French processed pigmeat products to be exported to China.

USDA announces new measures to control PEDv spread

23-Apr-2014 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it will require reporting of all cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) and Swine Delta Coronavirus in a bid to try and reduce the spread of these diseases.

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Maple Leaf closes Brockley Road wiener plant

23-Apr-2014 - Maple Leaf Foods has now closed its wiener production facility on Brockley Road, Hamilton, with production now transferred to its new prepared meats facility in Hamilton.

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Australian pork producers move to group housing

22-Apr-2014 - Australian pork producers are successfully moving their sows to group housing as part of a concerted effort to produce "high integrity" pork, according to cooperative research centre Pork CRC.

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Move away from gestation crates could improve Canadian pork’s image

17-Apr-2014 - The Canadian pork industry could have stood to lose CA$1.7bn annually, over the next 15 years, had the decision not been made to move away from the use of gestation crates, animal welfare group Humane Society International (HSI) Canada has claimed.

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.

Brazilian poultry exports show marginal growth

16-Apr-2014 - Volume exports of Brazilian chicken increased by 0.7% in the first three months of 2014, with a total of 907,300 tonnes (t) shipped, according to the latest report from the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA).

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.

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Classical swine fever found in Russian wild boar

15-Apr-2014 - An outbreak of classical swine fever (CSF) has been discovered in multiple locations in Russia.

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Risk of ASF has increased to high, says EFSA

14-Apr-2014 - The endemic risk of African swine fever (ASF) in a number of countries surrounding the EU has increased from moderate to high, over the past four years, according to a new report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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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.

Poland eyes pork exports to China to compensate for Russian ban

10-Apr-2014 - Polish Minister of Agriculture Marek Sawicki has announced plans by Poland to launch pork exports to China in a bid to compensate for the losses incurred by Russia’s decision to ban imports of Polish pork, which started on 7 April.

Danish Ministry presents proposals to cut pig meat plant costs

10-Apr-2014 - Denmark’s Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries has presented proposals which its minister Dan Jørgensen claims can help pigmeat exporters reduce processing plant costs and bolster competitiveness.

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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.

EU challenges Russian pork import ban at the WTO

09-Apr-2014 - The European Union (EU) has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against Russia’s import ban on pigs and pigmeat sourced from across the EU, following four cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) detected in Lithuania and Poland.

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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Japanese pork industry sees interest from US soybean association

09-Apr-2014 - The Japanese pork industry recently played host to a three-day visit from a group representing the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) from the US.

Pig virus forces up US pork prices

08-Apr-2014 - The deadly hog virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea (PEDV), is forcing the price of pork up and could boost imports into Japan, despite the Japanese recently imposing temporary restrictions on US imports.

Russia extends pork ban for Poland and Lithuania

08-Apr-2014 - As of yesterday (Monday 7 April) Russia has effectively extended its African Swine Fever (ASF)-justified ban to include processed pork meat products from Poland and Lithuania, two Polish members of the European Parliament (MEP) have revealed.

China re-admits poultry and pork imports from Chile

07-Apr-2014 - China has announced that it will re-admit pork and poultry imports from Chile, having suspended them last July (2013) over concerns about dioxin contamination.

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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 extends pork ban to finished products

03-Apr-2014 - Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has announced that, from 7 April 2014, the country is to impose temporary restrictions on the import of finished pork products from Lithuania and Poland.

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