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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.

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.

Tick bites spark deadly allergic reactions to meat

Experts warn that tick bites are leading to a worrying number of people developing lethal allergic reactions to red meat, with Australia and America most at risk.

KFC welfare standards slammed in report

For the fourth year in row, Yum Brands ranked second lowest in the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW), a performance that World Animal Protection slammed as “unacceptable”.

Lobby group calls for switch from meat to plant-based protein

Investors managing $1.25trn in assets have called on 16 food companies to shake up the global meat supply chain, citing environmental and health concerns over factory farming.

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.

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.

Australia’s livestock export chief visits Middle East amid black market concerns

Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council chairman Simon Crean has visited the Middle East to iron out welfare and black market concerns worrying Australia during Eid’s bumper trade period.

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. 

Fodder trends: drop in Australian cattle in feedlots

The number of slaughter cows across Australia on feed has fallen year-on-year, according to a feedlot survey by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). 

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.

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.

‘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.

Meat processor BRF posts drop in profits

Brazilian food processor BRF posted a near-quarter drop in pre-tax profits as the soaring price of corn dented pork and poultry operations.

MHP: Middle East boosts poultry growth as it expands there

Ukraine’s MHP has reported growth in poultry production, with sales reinforced by a robust export upswing to the Middle East in its preliminary half-year results, posted on 19 July. 

FAO: Global price of meat up

The price of a shopping basket of meat products increased for the third month in a row, according to the Food and Agricultural Organisation’s (FAO) Meat Price Index.

Vegan firms should target meat eaters

Meat eaters with an appetite for vegetables could be a cash cow for meat-free food companies, according to data from Innova Market Insights. 

GlobalMeatNews Survey

Russian trade ban inflicts maximum damage

Russia’s politically-motivated decision to slash meat imports continues to be a bloody thorn in the side of the meat industry, according to an exclusive GlobalMeatNews survey.

News in brief

BRF spin-off creates halal unit

Brazilian meat processor BRF has announced plans to set up a subsidiary tasked with strengthening the meat giant’s supply of meat to Muslim consumers.

Philippine halal law to drive meat export growth

Outgoing Philippine President Benigno Aquino has signed into law a consolidated measure on halal exports, which may help boost the country’s meat exporters in the Middle East.

Pakistan launches its biggest halal plant

Pakistan’s largest conglomerate, the Fauji Group, has launched the country’s biggest halal abattoir, meat processing and exporting unit near Port Qasim, Karachi.

MHP exports rise despite ‘low’ poultry prices

Chicken meat exports climbed at MHP in the first quarter of 2016, despite the Ukraine-based agro-industrial grain and poultry producer reporting plummeting pre-tax profits during the period.

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