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Australia points to growing importance of US for beef and lamb exports

The USA is a key market for Australian beef and lamb exports and its importance is growing: Australia’s beef exports by volume to America shot up by 53% in the...

JBS subsidiaries to acquire Tyson Foods’ poultry businesses

Tyson Foods is to sell of its Mexican and Brazilian poultry business to JBS subsidiaries in a deal worth a total of $575 million.

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Free-range poultry farmer to tour Europe on labelling campaign

The daughter of a free-range broiler farmer from Devon, England, is to embark on a 39-day tour of the European Union, calling for clear, mandatory method-of-production labelling on poultry meat.

Pork prices set to stay high, thanks to PEDv, claims Rabobank

The latest Rabobank report on the global pork market has suggested pork prices will remain high in Q4, due to the porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv), entering some countries into...

EU horsemeat testing shows improvement

The second round of pan-European horse meat DNA tests has shown an improvement from 2013, but still saw products testing positive in seven countries.

Putin puts weight behind raising of Russia's beef and offal import duties

Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to prepare, before 1 October 2014, the deletion of cattle meat and beef offal from the list of goods that can be...

Chinese chicken rejected by McDonald’s after scandal

After a major food safety scandal, McDonald’s in Japan has stopped buying chicken from China, while Hong Kong’s outlets have taken chicken products off the menu completely.

Halal food body regains Malaysian recognition

The UK’s Halal Food Authority (HFA) has regained recognition from the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) as an accepted Foreign Halal Certification Body, after losing this last year, due...

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Shanghai meat processor investigated after TV exposé

Chinese authorities are reported to be investigating claims a Shanghai-based meat processor has been re-cycling expired meat products.

China lifts Brazilian beef ban

Brazilian producers are hoping to recapture lost ground after China announced it was lifting its ban on the country’s beef, imposed following the discovery of BSE in 2012.

Welsh meat looks to boost exports

Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is looking to capitalise on growing overseas demand for its lamb and beef.

American poultry standards draw criticism at trade talks

As European Union (EU) and US officials began their sixth round of negotiations on an ambitious EU-US free trade agreement in Brussels this week, American poultry practices threatened to become...

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Extra record proposed for ground beef by USDA

Makers of raw ground beef products could be forced to keep records in order to further protect consumers, if proposals by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and...

Cargill promotes absence of growth-promoting antibiotics in its turkeys

Cargill’s Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms turkey brands have now removed growth-promoting antibiotics from all turkeys produced at the network of independent farms it works with, in what the...

New Zealand lamb exports exceed NZ$2bn

Despite reduced lamb export volumes from New Zealand, the value of Free On Board (FOB) exports exceeded NZ$2bn for only the fourth time in history, in the first nine months...

FSIS sends proposal to modernise US poultry inspection for review

A proposed rule to modernise the system for US poultry inspection has been sent from the United Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to the Office of...

Multi-million euro fines handed out for sausage price-fixing

An independent German competition authority has dished out fines totalling €338m to 21 sausage manufacturers, as well as fines to 33 individuals, involved in price-fixing activity.

Brussels will force creation of WTO panel over pigmeat dispute with Russia

The European Commission will renew its request for a World Trade Organisation (WTO) disputes panel to investigate Russia’s ban on European pigmeat imports later this month, after Moscow blocked an...

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Ostrich meat proves successful in Europe for South African firm

South African farming business Klein Karoo has seen strong sales of its new ostrich meat products across Europe.

EU meat production starts to grow - but exports may tumble, says Brussels report

European Union (EU) meat production is projected to start growing in 2014, according to the European Commission, as Europe’s economic recovery solidifies. This could be up 0.7% year-on-year for beef,...

Moy Park expands in Northern Ireland

Brazilian-owned poultry processor Moy Park is to create more than 600 new jobs following the creation of a new product development (NPD) centre in Northern Ireland.

Switzerland calls ban on certain live pig imports

Switzerland has announced a ban on live pig and pork product imports from Bulgaria, Romania and certain parts of Latvia and Croatia.  

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Australian red meat industry expectant on benefits of JAEPA

The Australian red meat industry has said it expects to realise significant benefits from the signing of the Japan-Australia Economic Agreement (JAEPA) in Canberra this week.

US sees rise in pork and beef exports, but a fall for lamb

The United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has reported "strong momentum" for US beef and pork exports, but admitted lamb exports "continue to struggle".

Meat parasites have biggest impact on health, finds report

According to a report into food-borne parasites by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), diseases caused by parasites in meat have the greatest impact...

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