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Processed meat – what is the new Euromonitor data telling us?

Processed meat is continuing to see a steady performance in 2014, growing at a rate of 3% in volume terms, which is above the review period (2009-2014) compound annual growth...

Marel launches waterproof box labeller

Processing equipment specialist Marel has revealed a new waterproof box labeller.

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Japanese Wagyu Beef - Too Authentic?

With import restrictions finally lifted after almost a decade of negotiations, authentic Japanese Wagyu beef will soon be available in the EU, commanding top prices. But will consumers actually want...

Eagle lands on improved X-ray inspection

Eagle Product Inspection (EPI) has launched a new X-ray inspection software, which incorporates seal integrity, fill level inspection, check weighing and component count features.

Allen Coding extends XL-Series with low-cost coders

International coding company Allen Coding has launched a new range of low-cost thermal transfer coders in its new XL-Series.

News in brief

US poultry consumption up 17%

The average number of meals or snacks containing chicken, has increased 17% from 5.2 in 2012 to 6.1 according to a survey by US association the National Chicken Council.

Singapore relaxes export conditions for Northern Irish pork

Northern Ireland has welcomed the news that Singapore has relaxed conditions for its pork exports.

JBS subsidiaries to acquire Tyson Foods’ poultry businesses

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

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...

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...

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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.

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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