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Quiz: The month in meat news

A quiz on this month's biggest meat news - have you been paying attention to the global meat industry? 

Brazilian meat giant ‘dissatisfied’ after loss

Meat processor BRF’s fourth-quarter net income fell by over 130% as a combination of political uncertainty and market challenges pushed results into the red.

Value offering grows Maple Leaf Foods’ pork sales

Maple Leaf Foods’ increased focus on value-added pork products has helped the Canadian processor grow sales in 2016.

Tyson Foods sets out sustainability plans

Tyson Foods has outlined its vision for the future of food and what role the business has to play in it.

Russian meat deal could benefit Mexico

Mexico may be able to export 200,000-400,000 tonnes (t) of meat to Russia, as trade restrictions, started in 2012, are about to be lifted, according to Enrique Sánchez Cruz, director...

Online forum explores packaging advances for meat safety

Suppliers seeking an edge in the fight to kill germs and boost shelf-life through packaging innovations can access a free online forum held on 23 March, featuring EU and US...

Q&A: Why checkweighing technology is key for the future

An expert at Switzerland-based food and pharma machinery producer Mettler Toledo weighs in on the role of advanced checkweighing technology and its uses for the future.

Puerto Rico company hit by 453t chicken sausage recall

Century Packing Corporation has recalled 453 tonnes (999,419 pounds) of thermally processed, commercially sterile, chicken sausage products due to misbranding.

Reader survey

State of the industry: flight or plight?

What are the threats and opportunities your business is likely to face in 2017?

Tyson Foods under federal investigation for alleged price fix

Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest meat processors, is under federal investigation for allegedly colluding with other meat companies to raise the cost of poultry.

Pilgrim’s Pride sees major fall in income

US poultry producer Pilgrim’s Pride saw its full-year income decline by nearly a third in 2016. 

IPPE 2017

Meat scientist: nitrates good for body

Nitrates benefit human health and are present in far greater quantities in leafy vegetables than in processed meats, contrary to recent media coverage.

JBS gives top job to senior US politician

Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA has appointed a number of high-level independent board members to its subsidiary JBS Foods International, with former House of Representatives speaker John Boehner among them.

New Zealand: Trump’s TPP axe a ‘significant blow’

New Zealand Beef + Lamb chairman, James Parsons, has lamented US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), claiming the protectionist move will hurt exports.

News in brief

Oscar Mayer meat plant closure date confirmed

The Oscar Mayer meat factory in Madison, US, will be shut down permanently in the first quarter of 2017. 

US meat industry wants Asia deal as Trump kills TPP

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has called on President Donald Trump to negotiate a bilateral trade deal with Asia after he withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

$700,000 of cocaine found in Jamaican beef patties

A Jamaican woman faces drug charges after US authorities busted an attempt to smuggle $700,000 worth of cocaine into New York concealed in a box of Jamaican beef patties.

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...

Smithfield ‘proud’ as sows move to group housing

US pork processor Smithfield Foods has increased the number of pregnant sows living in group housing year-on-year as part of a long-term commitment to improving animal welfare.

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).

Jamaican police warn of rising livestock theft

With meat sales buoyed by Christmas, the Jamaican Constabulary Force has warned the country has been hit with “a large spike” in livestock theft.

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.

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...

Pilgrim’s Pride in $350m deal to acquire GNP Company

Brazilian-owned US poultry giant Pilgrim’s Pride has entered into a definitive agreement to take over branded chicken producer GNP Company (GNP) in an all-cash $350m deal.