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Global progress made to address antibiotic reduction, says OIE

More countries are warning industry stakeholders about the risks of antimicrobial resistance than they were two years ago, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Brazil President Temer hits out at JBS chief

Brazil’s President Michel Temer has strongly criticised an audio recording made by JBS executive Joesley Batista that allegedly captures the president’s approval to make illegal payments to another politician.

Serbia gets first national meat quality label

Serbia has rolled out its first-ever food quality label communicating to consumers whether the meat comes from an animal raised in Serbia. 

App launched to stop the transport of weak animals

A mobile app to help farmers determine if an animal is fit for transport has been launched, after New Zealand’s government admitted unfit animals have arrived at abattoirs.

Greencore grows revenue during 'transformational period'

Food group Greencore reported a 46% rise in group revenue for the first half of the year despite massive changes to its global business, including significant investment.

Coexca to create 350 jobs after Danish investment

A multi-million dollar investment in Chilean pork producer Coexca SA will create 350 jobs as the farmer-owned cooperative aims to double production amid booming Chinese import demand.

Japan's supermarkets targeted in US marketing push

The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is partnering with supermarket chains and event organisers in Japan’s regions to strengthen already high US red meat sales by localising marketing, public relations and consumer interaction campaigns. 

Multiple meat recalls hit America

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has reported three major meat recalls in the country over the past three days.

Australia steals butchery title from New Zealand

Australia’s national butchery team narrowly defeated New Zealand in this year’s Trans-Tasman test match. 

Australia overhauls meat quality assurance scheme

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has integrated its red meat and livestock quality assurance programs in a bid to improve them for the “future prosperity of the red meat and livestock industry”.

Canada, Mexico and US meat industries unite on NAFTA talks

The Trump administration’s notification to “modernize” the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has spurred the Canadian, Mexican and US beef industries to join forces.

JBS chiefs enter plea bargain amid bribery claims

Seven executives of Brazilian meatpacker JBS, including the billionaire Batista brothers who run the company, have entered a plea bargain in yet another corruption scandal.

Brazil’s Minerva Foods linked to police probe

Meatpacker Minerva Foods is cooperating with police in Brazil in their probe into government corruption, but has stopped short of confirming it is a subject of investigation, despite media reports suggesting otherwise.

Brazil police probe ‘corruption’ in agriculture ministry

Brazilian police have opened two separate “corruption” investigations into whether food companies, including meatpackers, received illicit protection from government sometimes in exchange for bribes.

Poland's QFG begins work on €40m slaughterhouse

Polish meat company QFG has begun construction work on a new poultry slaughterhouse due to be opened in the first half of 2018 in Radom, central Poland.

JBS posts poor income amid bribery investigation

Brazil-based JBS, one of the world’s largest meatpackers, has reported poor results for the first quarter of 2017.  

Canadian pig farmers address US restriction imbalance

Pig farmers from Canada have spoken to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade on the export challenges facing the sector.

Police crack Spanish meat swindle

A Spanish meat company has been accused of selling beef burgers bulked up with pork, bread and/or fat in a major case of apparent food fraud.

News in brief

Exports grow Charoen Pokphand Foods’ turnover and profits

Thai processor Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has reported a strong first quarter of 2017, bolstered by a rise in exports.

Polish meat firm nets contract with top football league

One of Poland’s largest meat producers, Henryk Kania, has become an official sponsor of the country’s top football league, Ekstraklasa, for the next season.

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