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Move away from gestation crates could improve Canadian pork’s image

17-Apr-2014 - The Canadian pork industry could have stood to lose CA$1.7bn annually, over the next 15 years, had the decision not been made to move away from the use of gestation crates, animal welfare group Humane Society International (HSI) Canada has claimed.

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Date set to finalise US poultry inspection rule

17-Apr-2014 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said it intends to finalise the proposed Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule by the end of the calendar year.

US research project investigates Blackhead disease

16-Apr-2014 - A study on Blackhead disease in poultry has pointed to the spreading of litter from pullet houses with affected birds as a potential risk factor.

Global beef demand being driven by China

14-Apr-2014 - The global beef market looks set to see demand continue to grow, with strong interest coming from China, according to a new Rabobank report.

Russia discovers excessive lead in sausages from the US

11-Apr-2014 - Two shipments of sausages from the US with levels of lead that were "excessive and even dangerous to consumer health" have been discovered by Russian veterinary experts.

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Cargill sees improving results in animal protein business

11-Apr-2014 - Cargill has reported a drop in net profit of 28% from $319 million in the third quarter to 28 February 2014, despite revenue holding steady at $32bn.

US reports export growth for meat, despite challenges

09-Apr-2014 - The United States Meat Exports Federation (USMEF) reported growth in exports for pork, beef and lamb in February 2014, despite concerns about supply and rising prices.

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Japanese pork industry sees interest from US soybean association

09-Apr-2014 - The Japanese pork industry recently played host to a three-day visit from a group representing the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) from the US.

Pig virus forces up US pork prices

08-Apr-2014 - The deadly hog virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea (PEDV), is forcing the price of pork up and could boost imports into Japan, despite the Japanese recently imposing temporary restrictions on US imports.

ABC News fails to get ‘pink slime’ case thrown out

07-Apr-2014 - Beef Products Inc (BPI) is to plough ahead with its $1.2bn court case against ABC News and three of its reporters, after a South Dakota judge refused to dismiss the case.

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US study examines routes of transmission for salmonella and campylobacter

04-Apr-2014 - A US study assessing the potential routes of transmission for campylobacter and salmonella in breeder and market turkeys has found that poultry house pests (flies, beetles and rodents) could be potential vectors of both organisms.

US-based racial harmony organisation calls on Denmark to withdraw non-stun slaughter ban

03-Apr-2014 - US-based non-profit organisation Foundation for Ethical Understanding (FFEU) has called on the Danish government to reverse its decision to ban non-stun slaughter.

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Board members at AMI vote in favour of NAMA merger

03-Apr-2014 - The American Meat Institute’s (AMI’s) board of directors voted to proceed with the proposed merger with the North American Meat Association (NAMA) yesterday (2 April).

US meat industry loses Country of Origin Labelling appeal

02-Apr-2014 - US meat companies have lost their bid to suspend new country of origin labelling (COOL) legislation coming into force.

Nicaragua raises foot-and-mouth alarm over US lifting Brazil beef import ban

02-Apr-2014 - The Nicaraguan government has raised fears that the planned reopening of the US market to Brazilian beef could risk spreading foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) to north and central America.

North American hog shortfall expected following PEDv, says Rabobank

28-Mar-2014 - A significant shortfall in the North American hog market is predicted, following the impact of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) on the population, according to a new report from Rabobank.

JBS announces profit jump in 2013

28-Mar-2014 - Global meat company JBS has revealed net profits increased by 28.9% to BRL926.9m ($403.75m) in its full-year results for 2013.

US beef cattle herd decline could have bottomed out says USDA expert

27-Mar-2014 - Beef production in the USA could be lower this year than in 2013, even though there are indications that the long decline in the national cattle herd may be at an end, a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) expert has told GlobalMeatNews.

American merger one step closer

25-Mar-2014 - The directors of the North American Meat Association (NAMA) have voted in favour of a merger with the American Meat Institute (AMI).

Siwin Foods eyes global expansion with new $13m meat factory

20-Mar-2014 - Canada-based Siwin Foods is in the process of building a new $13m meat processing plant in Edmonton, as it looks to extend its reach overseas.

Russian meat market prepares for sanctions

19-Mar-2014 - The Russian meat industry may be seriously affected if the US and the European Union (EU) decide to impose trade sanctions against the country due to the situation in Crimea, Russian experts suggest.

Russia set to expand ban on European meat imports

19-Mar-2014 - Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor plans to reduce the number of cold storages in European Union (EU) countries approved to export meat products to Russia, according to Vasily Lavrovskiy, head of Rosselkhoznadzor’s department on international cooperation and the WTO.

Rule on EU beef exports to US now in force

18-Mar-2014 - EU beef can now be exported to the US, after the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) rule announcement last November came into force this month.

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Virulent strain of IBDV discovered in second US state

18-Mar-2014 - The very virulent strain of Infectious Bursal Disease Virus (vvIBDV) has been discovered in the US state of Washington.

National Pork Board launches three-pronged attack on PEDV

17-Mar-2014 - The US’ National Pork Board has launched a three-pronged strategy to try and stem the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV).


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