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Bird flu outbreaks rock poultry sector as prices rise

Waves of avian influenza (AI) across Europe, Asia and Africa could impact the poultry industry just as broiler prices rise and feed costs drop. 

Low incident rate of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies across Europe

Incidents of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) were found to be rare in 2015, according to a new European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report.

Russia’s poultry industry stagnates for the first time in a decade

In the third quarter of 2016, Russia’s poultry industry stopped growing for the first time in a decade, according to agri-research firm SovEcon.

Growth promoters reportedly discovered in Cherkizovo poultry

Metabolic chemicals have been found in chicken legs from poultry farm JSC Chicken Kingdom, part of Cherkizovo Group in Lipetsk Oblast, Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has reported.

Bird flu on Britain’s doorstep as virus hits Calais

A highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza (AI) strain has been detected in a flock of wild ducks in Calais, putting UK authorities on high alert.

No chance for food embargo to be lifted soon, says Putin

Russia aims to maintain its food embargo for as long as possible to protect investment in the country’s meat industry, Russian president Vladimir Putin has claimed.

Russia and Turkey rebuild meat trade

Russia and Turkey are to drop trade restrictions and reinstate mutual trade in meat, which virtually stopped after the Turkish Airforce fighter jet shot down the Russian bomber SU-24M last...

Russian meat giant to move into online sales

One of Russia’s largest meat producers is preparing to launch a new web store selling meat products online.

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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. ...

EU proposes tough laws to fight unfair trading practices

EU task force recommends new laws to combat unfair trading practices in the supply chain after coming under fire from farming body Copa-Cogeca. 

African swine fever and avian influenza rock Europe

Sausages derived from pigs infected with African swine fever (ASF) have been identified in Moscow, while Europe continues to battle a growing bird flu epidemic.

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. 

Smuggling claim as Russia seizes 92 tonnes of meat

Russia’s veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has launched an investigation into meat smuggling after it seized 92 tonnes (t) of meat and seafood in the Novosibirsk region.

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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. 

Methane explosion kills man at Siberian poultry farm

One man died, one is still in a hospital resuscitation unit and four others have been injured after a methane explosion at the sewage pumping station of a Siberian poultry...

HKScan pre-tax profits rise as Q3 sales drop

Finnish meat processor HKScan has reported a rise in third-quarter pre-tax profits to €8.1m, but sales during the same period were down.

Russia sees steady rise in halal meat products

Over the next decade Russia’s halal meat market will grow at an average rate of 15-20% per year, opening up global opportunities for the country’s food industry and reaching a...

HKScan issues stark profit warning

Finnish meat processor HKScan has warned investors it has lowered its full-year profit forecast after previously expecting an upswing in revenue.

Eating processed meat may cause headaches

US scientists have claimed that the nitrate found in processed meats, such as bacon, may be the cause of migraines.

Europe’s China-bound pork exports set to fall

Analysts warn Europe’s share of lucrative pork exports to China will fall as competition from the Americas - driven by Canada's drug-free pig herd - puts pressure on EU trade....

UN adopts ‘groundbreaking’ animal welfare policies

The United Nations has adopted what one NGO described as “groundbreaking” policy recommendations, placing animal welfare concerns at the heart of global farming.

Baby food provides most protein in Russia

Russia consumed more baby food per capita than it did meat in 2015, according to London-based data analyst firm Euromonitor International.

Europe’s ‘shocking’ antibiotic problem slammed

The failure of many European countries to end routine overuse of antibiotics in farming has been slammed by experts.

Eurodon keen to shake up Russia’s duck market

Russian agricultural holding company Eurodon is harbouring ambitions to become the largest manufacturer of duck meat in Russia, with plans to shake up both domestic and international markets.