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World Steak Challenge: How Twitter reacted to world’s best sirloin

Australia’s Jack Creek retained the title of the World’s Best Steak Producer at World Steak Challenge at yesterday’s GlobalMeatNews event held in London’s Hyde Park.

Russia is the ‘sleeping giant’ of global beef trade

Geopolitical acrimony has seen Russia’s role in the global beef trade decline, but a supply shortage and a price hike means there is potential it will re-enter the market, according...

Russia sends meat aid to Syria

Russia is to supply 100,000 Syrians with meat and humanitarian aid after the UN accused it of being responsible for bombs that destroyed a US aid convoy near Aleppo.

Russia’s Cherkizovo confirms African swine fever outbreak

A pig farm in Lipetsk, operated by Russian pork processor Cherkizovo Group, has been hit by an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF), according to the company.

Miratorg targets $1bn worth of meat exports

Russian meat giant Miratorg wants to increase the volume of its meat exports to 250,000 tonnes in the next five years to a value of $1bn, according to CEO Viktor...

Russia may appeal WTO ruling on EU pig and pork exports

By the end of this month (September) the Russian government will appeal the recent ruling of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) opposing Russia’s swine fever-related ban on European Union (EU)...

China’s production decline sparks import boom

The global poultry industry is entering a period of enhanced market conditions as China’s historic production slump brings a welcome buoyancy to a string of poultry exporters.

Calls for crackdown on unfair trading

The European Commission has been urged to introduce legislation to clamp down on unfair supply chain trading practices at a high-level summit in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava.

A force for good: OIE, OECD address animal welfare worldwide

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have signed an agreement in Paris to align their efforts to promote animal welfare.

Thousands of pigs burn to death on Russian farm

A fire at a pig farm run by Cherkizovo Group has killed nearly 10,000 piglets, according to a statement from the regional government.

Failure to boost meat drugs poses public health risk

An inability to develop new medicine for food-giving animals or remove “unnecessary” red tape could cause problems for animal and human health, an influential veterinary body has warned.

News in brief

World Steak Challenge sees surge in global interest

The number of participating nations in this year’s World Steak Challenge has increased by 60% since the inaugural event kick-off at London’s Hyde Park in September 2015.

Russian embargo causes $1bn loss to Ukraine

Ukraine has lost $1bn-worth of trade thanks to the Russian-inflicted food embargo, according to Natalia Mykolska Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Economic and Trade Development. 

EC welcomes WTO verdict on Russia's EU pork ban

The European Commission (EC) has welcomed a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling opposing Russia’s bans on EU exports of pigs, pigmeat and related products, imposed during 2014 because of outbreaks...

WTO: Russia’s import ban on EU pork illegal

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled that Russia flouted international trade laws by imposing a blanket ban on imported pigs and pork from the European Union. 

Miratorg moves into German ready-meal market

Leading Russian meat producer Miratorg has exported its first ready-meals to Germany, the company’s Miratorg-West divison has reported.

Half-year profits slashed at Ukraine’s MHP

MHP, the largest agro-industrial firm in Ukraine, saw its pre-tax profits drop by nearly 20% in the first half of the year, according to the company’s unaudited half-year financial results.

Russia poised to lift Turkey food ban

Russia may lift its food embargo on Turkey, due to be in place until the end of 2016, according to the Russian Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev.

Brazil to overtake US as world’s top meat exporter

Brazil will continue to challenge the US for the position of being the world’s biggest meat producer and exporter over the next decade, according to government estimates.

World Steak Challenge enters crucial period

There is less than one month left to enter the World Steak Challenge – a competition to find and reward the greatest sirloin steaks in the world.

Russia: massive virus outbreak shakes pig industry

Russia has been rocked by several outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in the first two weeks of August, the country’s veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has claimed.

Ex-Danish Crown CEO to advise Russian meat group

The former group CEO of Danish Crown, Kjeld Johannesen, has been appointed a special advisor to the board of directors of Russian agribusiness Miratorg.

Miratorg pumps cash into cattle breeding

Russian agribusiness Miratorg plans to loosen the purse strings by investing $10m in a cattle breeding programme to grow its Angus cow herd.

Danish farmers benefit from booming Chinese demand

A drop in Chinese pork production, generating more demand for pigmeat imports, is a boon for Danish pork farmers who are ready to double exports to China.

‘Controversial’ study says meat and sugar equally bad

Meat is just as bad as sugar when it comes to obesity causes and national dietary guidelines should recommend eating less meat, according to Australian researchers.

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