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Hong Kong adds to avian flu blocked list

Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has banned the imports of poultry meat and products from Egypt, the Odessa and Chernivtsi Oblasts...

Ireland's booming food exports defy Brexit fear

The value of Irish food and drink exports last year exceeded a staggering €11bn for the first time in the country’s history – and meat had a big part to...

Food trend predictions for 2017

Clean and ethical labels alongside intelligent packaging and the demand for organic produce are some of the key trends likely to dominate the food industry this year.

Meat body slams study linking cured meat to asthma

A French study linking increased cured meat consumption with increased risks for asthma sufferers has been strongly rebuked by the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

Processed meat may ‘worsen’ asthma symptoms

Asthma sufferers could be at risk of making their symptoms worse, if they consume a high level of processed meat, according to French researchers.

Kazakhstan eyes export of organic meat to Asia

Kazakhstan may become one of the largest organic meat exporters in Asia, establishing export supplies of up to 360,000 tonnes (t) of organic beef and lamb per year, primarily to...

Australia welcomes major Vietnamese beef investment

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has welcomed the first large-scale Vietnamese agricultural investment in the country – the purchase of an AU$18 million ($13.6m) cattle station by An Vien Pastoral...

Bangladeshis must boost protein intake to fight stunted growth, says UN expert

As Bangladesh grapples with the problem of stunted growth in children, a United Nations expert has called for a boost in animal protein consumption within the south Asian country to...

UN: Bangladesh must boost protein intake to fight stunted growth

As Bangladesh grapples with the problem of stunted growth in children, a United Nations expert has called for a boost in animal protein consumption to tackle the crisis.

US pork and beef exports see double-digit growth in October

US pork and beef exports had a strong October, with both achieving double-digit increases from a year ago, according to statistics released by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and...

Harmful levels of arsenic found in chicken

Studies have shown that several samples of chicken from Pakistan contain concerning levels of arsenic. 

Brazil meat sector welcomes Malaysia trade deal

Brazil's meat industry has welcomed a commercial agreement struck by their country’s government with Malaysia, that will encourage and enable Brazilian beef and chicken exports to the south-east Asian country....

Poultry import ban amid avian influenza outbreak in Denmark

Singapore, Japan and South Korea have stopped poultry imports from Denmark after an avian influenza virus (H5N8) outbreak affected the country’s entire poultry sector. 

Rising pig prices lead to smuggling epidemic

Historically high Chinese pig prices and ongoing crackdowns on farmyard pollution appear to have driven a wave of pig smuggling from Vietnam into China. 

Philippines takes on meat import fraud through permit recall

In a bid to tackle import food fraud, the Philippines Department of Agriculture is to cancel and recall all import permits on agricultural products. 

European-style cured ham builds momentum in China

A leading pig breeder from China is launching European-style premium cured ham products to shield it from future falls in hog prices. 

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World Meat Congress, in quotes

Speakers at the World Meat Congress, in Uruguay’s Punta del Este, concluded that meat will continue to play a vital role in reducing poverty and feeding the world's growing population. ...

Huge science leap needed to control farm-driven antimicrobial resistance

A giant leap in research is needed to effectively end the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, according to a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) report.

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Social media erodes consumer trust in meat

The use of social media to shame and defame meat companies accused of wrongdoing and malpractice is eroding consumer trust. 

Charoen Pokphand grows profits by 45% in third quarter

Thai poultry producer Charoen Pokphand Foods’ (CP Foods) operational profit in the third quarter of 2016 reached Baht122.5 billion, an increase of 10% while net profit jumped up 45% to...

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Reducing meat consumption poses ‘significant’ health risk

Calls to cut meat consumption to reduce the risk of developing cancer raise serious health concerns and consumers heeding such advice could end up suffering from nutritional deficiencies. 

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Welsh meat gains traction in Hong Kong

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) made significant progress in improving Welsh meat exports to Asia, as a branch of its Welsh Lamb Club was founded in Hong...

International Beef Alliance urges progress on TPP

The International Beef Alliance (IBA) has called on all members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) to speed up the ratification process. 

Europe’s meat players join trade mission to Asia

European meat and poultry players have joined EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan on a “diplomatic offensive” trade mission to capitalise on Asia’s economic growth.

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China is Belgium’s fastest-growing meat market

China has delivered Belgium’s biggest meat export growth in the past half-year, according to the Belgian Meat Office (VLAM).