14-May-2013 - Canada’s government has opened a new biomass boiler plant in Quebec to help cattle farmers and processors in the region reduce carcase disposal and handling costs.
10-May-2013 - Canada has signed a deal with Turkey giving exporters of sheep and goat genetics access to the Turkish market.
09-May-2013 - The American Meat Institute, together with seven other meat, poultry and retail associations, has asked for the implementation of the proposed country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rule to be delayed until the World Trade Organisation (WTO) determines whether it would bring the US into compliance with international trade laws.
03-May-2013 - The Canadian government has eliminated mandatory pre-market registration of meat labels in a bit to cut bureaucracy for the meat processing industry.
03-May-2013 - Currency fluctuations and the US drought are being blamed for a dramatic drop in earnings at Canadian meat processor Maple Leaf Foods.
01-May-2013 - Canada’s eight largest supermarket chains have made a commitment to phase out sow gestation stalls over the next nine years.
30-Apr-2013 - Canada’s beef industry is renewing its push for the approval of irradiation in meat processing plants, which it claims could help reduce foodborne illness from ground beef.
24-Apr-2013 - US, Canadian and Mexican pork industry representatives have met to discuss common issues affecting the North American sector.
16-Apr-2013 - The US government has given its agreement to Japan joining the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a move welcomed by US meat bodies.
09-Apr-2013 - US beef and pork exports are continuing their previous trends of higher value on lower volume for beef and a slight decline for pork, according to the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
04-Apr-2013 - Exports of beef and poultry helped drive further growth in Brazilian food exports last month, according to data from the country’s Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC).
04-Apr-2013 - Canada has introduced a new biosecurity standard for sheep, which authorities claim will help farmers improve the health of their flocks and reduce disease outbreaks.
28-Mar-2013 - A coalition of US food and agricultural organisations has written to President Obama urging him to push for the inclusion of Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.
28-Mar-2013 - Canada has released a new National Biosecurity Standards to help goat farmers minimise and control the risk of disease.
26-Mar-2013 - Canada’s meat industry has welcomed government proposals laid out in the Federal Budget 2013, claiming they will help improve the competitiveness of Canadian meat and livestock on the global market.
22-Mar-2013 - Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has warned that it might soon update the list of possible meat suppliers from Mexico and Canada, excluding all companies that could possibly export meat with the forbidden feed additive ractopamine.
13-Mar-2013 - New Zealand is a force to be reckoned with on the meat export market, and ships beef and lamb to an impressive 116 countries worldwide. However, limited lamb supply and the debt crisis in Europe contributed to a dramatic fall in the value of New Zealand’s meat exports last year.
13-Mar-2013 - US agriculture experts have called for Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators to ensure that any agreement includes a rapid response mechanism (RRM) to address sanitary and phyto-sanitary trade impediments and technical barriers to trade.
12-Mar-2013 - Statistics released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have showed mixed results for US exports of beef and pork during January this year.
12-Mar-2013 - Meat producers in Canada and the US have reacted furiously to the US government’s proposal for changes to its country-of-origin labelling (COOL) laws.
06-Mar-2013 - US meat processing giant Cargill has launched a new website to promote ground beef.
06-Mar-2013 - Russia does not intend to abandon its claims regarding the presence of ractopamine in meat products from the US, officials have warned.
28-Feb-2013 - Canadian processor Maple Leaf Foods has reported a big jump in profits in the fourth quarter of 2012, driven by strong earnings growth in the company’s prepared meats and fresh poultry businesses.
16-Jan-2013 - Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has announced temporary bans on the meat products of nine foreign companies, to be imposed from 23 January.
15-Jan-2013 - Canada has significantly expanded its capacity for beef exports to China, with four more plants added to the list of approved facilities.
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