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Major brand launch to promote 100% French meat

French co-operative Terrena has created two brands, which it aims to use to help promote meat products: Sourires de Campagne, an organic beef brand, and farmers’ mark La Nouvelle Agriculture.

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Essentia launches organic beef broths

North American-based Essentia Protein Solutions has launched a new range of grass-fed, USDA-certified organic beef broths and stocks.

California food firm hit by 26t recall

US, California-based Ready Pac Foods Inc has recalled 26 tonnes (59,225 pounds) of chicken salad products that may be contaminated with listeria.

Smithfield Foods rolls out antibiotic-free meat range

Smithfield Foods has launched an antibiotic-free range of bacon, sausages and fresh pork products under its clean meat brand Pure Farm. 

Animex considers options for new meat processing plant

Polish meat processor Animex Foods Ltd has unveiled plans to open a new meat processing facility in either Poland or Romania, and create up to 3,000 new jobs as part...

US meat giant trials high-end pork product

A subsidiary of US meat giant Tyson Foods is debuting fresh new product development at the Annual Meat Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Norway meat labelling too weak says EU surveillance body

The Norwegian government must improve its labelling controls for meat products, foodstuffs containing meat and additives used in such products, the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) Surveillance Authority has claimed.

Puerto Rico company hit by 453t chicken sausage recall

Century Packing Corporation has recalled 453 tonnes (999,419 pounds) of thermally processed, commercially sterile, chicken sausage products due to misbranding.

Pork grown in a lab nearer to reality

Lab-grown pork has moved a step closer to reality with the publication of fresh research on the topic.

German firm launches oxygen analyser to help meat quality

Gas technology manufacturer Witt has launched an analyser that can measure trace oxygen levels, helping meat processors and other food producers to maximise shelf-life and minimise waste.

Brazilian meat giant's foodservice web drive

BRF Europe has launched an online foodservice platform as the Brazilian-owned meat giant pumps resources into a new strategy to expand in Europe’s growing foodservice market.

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Linpac hikes food packaging prices by 10%

Global food packaging manufacturer Linpac has announced it will increase prices by 10% for plastic food packages used by meat industry professionals, among others.

IPPE 2017

Compact oven created for small manufacturers of food

JBT Corp launched a compact oven for small food processors, including poultry producers and start-ups, at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) 2017 in Atlanta last week.

Pork sirloin listed as heart-healthy food

Pork sirloin has been added to a list of food products the American Heart Association (AHA) claims is good for building a healthy heart.

Vegan ‘bleeding’ burger on Michelin-starred menu

Bill Gates-backed Silicon Valley start-up Impossible Foods will launch its ‘bleeding’ meat-free burger at two New York restaurants this week.

Poland’s QFG investment creates 1,200 jobs

Polish meat processor QFG plans to invest PLN400 million (€92m) to expand and upgrade its output capacity, creating 1,200 new jobs by the end of 2022, according to senior company representatives.

Indian firm launches meat preservative to tackle cancer fears

An Indian ingredients firm has launched a natural preservative for chilled meats free from the chemical nitrate that some researchers have linked to cancer.

Super Bowl chicken wing consumption craze hits US

US citizens may eat enough chicken wings to circle the earth nearly three times during Super Bowl weekend, according to the National Chicken Council (NCC).

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Atlas Meat Company forced to recall pork products

Colorado-based processor Atlas Meat Company is recalling approximately 2,579 pounds of pork sausage products due to misbranding. 

US app aims to help consumers choose great meat

A mobile app, designed to help shoppers buy and prepare meat and poultry products, has been launched by the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

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Processing defect sparks chicken recall

US-based Hans Kissle Company has recalled more than 6,000lbs (2,721kg) of ready-to-eat chicken, as a possible processing flaw raised concerns that bacterial pathogens may be present in the meat.

Icelandic farmers launch lamb promotion

Iceland’s lamb farmers are promoting the unique nature of their meat products, in a bid to cope with falling local meat prices caused by overproduction and declining exports.

New Australian lamb promotional campaign launched

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has launched its new lamb marketing campaign. 

Kashmiri taste for lamb and goat prompts robust meat trade in India

The predominantly meat-eating communities in the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has become a significant market for Indian meat and livestock producers from outside...

Christmas sparks boom in KFC sales in Japan

Japan's long-held tradition of celebrating Christmas with KFC has lifted poultry farmers after the industry culled half a million birds in November and December 2016 following a bird flu outbreak.